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Deep Vein Thrombosis – Pulmonary Embolism

December 23, 2020
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"Pulmonary embolism is undergoing a very parallel and similar road than DVT. And that is because as of now, pulmonary embolism is in one second. And the only way to treat these was with both the nurse and see what happens. So you are doing too poorly, meaning that your pressure is low and your pulse is too high because of the clot in your lungs. Usually what used to be the case, we will call a cardiothoracic surgeon to split your chest into going and removing the plots from the pulmonary from your hands. That operation has a high morbidity, meaning a high rate of complications in a high rate of possibility or death. And so once again, we have now, and once again to some medical center in our group is performing these procedures every day. We can go to the patient and growing with a needle stick and put catheters in those pulmonary arteries, that allow us to infuse medication to dissolve that clot. In 24 hours, half patients like this go home after few days after with no problems. In the past, when the patient was lucky enough to survive an episode of pulmonary embolism, it was sad to actually see them come in the hospital with a problem. Just on the coalition given. And then when they come to follow you because they actually live through and they come to your office, they come pushing an oxygen tank because now, the condition has such an impact in the lungs that they can only live with oxygen for the rest of their lives. Young people, usually 45, 50, usually obese. And these people didn't require oxygen before and now they live dependent on oxygen, the rest of their lives. So once again, we have, now I have had experiences as rewarding to me as having a patient who came dead. I'm going to just touch on this 50 year old lady who goes for Easter to Houston and their ride comes back. And while resting her husband finds her dead next to him. And luckily the husband knew CPR. He does 15 minutes of CPR, call the paramedics, paramedics take 15 more minutes, half an hour of CPR. So this is a patient who came as a cadaver to our hospital. And when she arrived to the hospital, regained pressure and pulse, she was run quickly to the cat scanner. She had a massive pulmonary embolism and our console was placed to our group. So we went in and put catheters immediately. And this patient left the hospital about 17 days after. And I have a picture we heard two months after her death, basically just hanging a picture smiling in my office. And so you have those dramatic results from a condition they used to be almost lethal from, for a lot of these people. So once again, a very exciting time for research, new devices and technologies, and to be able to have these people who once didn't have any help."

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