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Is a Pulmonary Embolus the Same as a Pulmonary Embolism?

Varicose,Vein,On,Woman,Leg,body,And,Health,Care,Concept Have you heard the term pulmonary embolus and wondered if it’s the same as pulmonary embolism? Many search results display only details on pulmonary embolism, which technically isn’t the same as pulmonary embolus. But the two are connected.

What Is a Pulmonary Embolus?

The term pulmonary embolus describes an abnormal, detached particle that is carried by the blood to a site distant from its origin. It’s a worrisome blood clot that can do so much damage if it gets loose in the bloodstream. In contrast, a pulmonary embolism describes the sudden obstruction of any blood vessel by that embolus. The embolism is the condition, and the embolus is the cause.

Where Does a Pulmonary Embolus Typically Form?

A pulmonary embolus (also known as a blood clot) often forms in the veins of the legs. This condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolus from this region typically travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. When a pulmonary embolus forms in the heart or arteries, it can travel to the brain, leading to a stroke.

How Does the Pulmonary Embolus Do Damage?

If a pulmonary embolus lodges in a blood vessel, it can obstruct blood flow. This can lead to damage or death of the nearby tissue, which can result in severe consequences for the patient, from life-threatening pulmonary embolisms in the lung to a neurologically damaging stroke. Thus, any pulmonary embolus is considered dangerous and requires treatment.

Pulmonary Embolus Treating and Prevention

While no prevention method is 100%, patients who stay active, hydrated, and wear compression stockings can help prevent a pulmonary embolus from becoming a pulmonary embolism. Treatment options include blood-thinning medications, thrombolytic therapy, and insertion of an IVC filter, which prevents blood clots from lodging in your lung.

Want to Know More About Pulmonary Embolus Care?

The Minimally Invasive Vascular Center in Laurel, MD, is here to provide comprehensive care and evaluate whether an IVC Filter Placement or other treatment is right for you. Call 855-803-6482 or contact us here to schedule an appointment to get started.


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