Pulmonary Embolism

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

If you smoke or have existing heart disease, your risk for developing a pulmonary embolism increases. At Comprehensive Vascular Care, the board-certified vascular specialists offer noninvasive and surgical solutions for treating a pulmonary embolism at their offices in Southfield and Novi, Michigan. The physicians also help you reduce your risk for additional blood clots that can lead to long-term complications and premature death. Call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or request a consultation through the online booking system today.

Pulmonary Embolism Q & A

What is a pulmonary embolism?

A pulmonary embolism describes a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. This type of embolism develops when a blood clot or other material gets lodged in an artery in your lungs.

The blood clots usually form in the deep veins of your legs, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis. An embolism typically consists of multiple blood clots that block the flow of oxygen-rich blood into your lungs and cause the surrounding tissue to die.

In addition to blood clots, air bubbles, pieces of a tumor, or marrow fat from a broken bone can cause a pulmonary embolism.

A pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. However, prompt diagnosis and proper treatment from the multidisciplinary team of physicians at Comprehensive Vascular Care can prevent serious health complications and premature death.

What are the risk factors for a pulmonary embolism?

You may be at increased risk for a pulmonary embolism if you have a history of blood clots. Venous insufficiency also increases your risk for blood clots that leads to the formation of an embolism. 

Other conditions that can cause a pulmonary embolism include:

  • Cancer
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart disease
  • Previous surgery
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Blood clotting disorders

COVID-19 (coroNovirus) may also play a role in a pulmonary embolism. People who develop severe symptoms of the virus are at increased risk for a pulmonary embolism.

How is a pulmonary embolism treated?

The goal of treating a pulmonary embolism is to prevent existing clots from growing larger and stop new clots from forming. The Comprehensive Vascular Care team activates from the time an embolism presents to ensure you receive prompt care.

They may recommend blood-thinning medications to prevent clots from forming or clot-busting drugs to quickly dissolve existing clots. In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove the clot.

Surgery is often useful when medications aren’t enough to break up the clot or if the clot is very large and close to your lung. The multidisciplinary team of physicians at Comprehensive Vascular Care has over 20 years of experience treating pulmonary embolisms and uses the latest advanced endovascular techniques to remove the clot through a thin, flexible catheter.

Following surgery, your provider focuses on preventing new blood clots and another pulmonary embolism by creating an ongoing treatment plan. You may need to continue with blood thinners and schedule routine checkups to evaluate your vascular health.

If you need treatment for a pulmonary embolism, call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or request an appointment through the online booking feature today.