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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cardiology Topics

Question: Untreated PE

 fearuvhorses - Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:04 am

How long can you wait to see if what is symptomatic of (by previous experience) a pulmonary embolism will dissipate on its own or with self-medicating (ASA)? If a pulmonary embolism does not go away on its own and is untreated, is it more likely to result in heart attack or stroke? Without medical intervention, is an untreated heart or stroke usually fatal? Please do not answer these questions with the expected "Why would you wait" answer. I am looking for real information here, not a lecture.
 Shana Johnson, CNA - Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:23 am

User avatar Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism don't survive. When the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, however, that number drops dramatically. Once you've had one pulmonary embolism, you're at increased risk of more, and many of these recurrences can be fatal.

In addition to fatality, pulmonary embolism can lead to several serious complications, including:

High blood pressure in your lungs (pulmonary hypertension).

Heart damage.

PE is treated with an anticoagulant medication, such as Heparin. This is a prescription drug, and not safe to use at home without proper medical direction and supervision.

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