Does Pulmonary Embolism Cause Heart Attack?

Q:

My father was just diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. The doctor told me to pay close attention to his heart condition. But why?

A:

Blood clots can lead to heart attacks and most strokes. However, these blood clots refer to those in arteries instead of veins. Based on various studies, heart attacks and strokes are the most common complications of the deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It is particularly common in the first year for those patients who develop DVT and pulmonary embolism.

The risk of having heart attack for those who have a DVT or pulmonary embolism increases by 60%. For those who have pulmonary embolism, heart attacks can be as 2 or 3 times as common in the first year of developing the disease.

 

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