How is an acute pulmonary embolism treated?

Acute pulmonary emboli are treated with medication to thin the blood or dissolve the clot. For patients at risk for repeat pulmonary emboli, a filter may be placed in the inferior vena cava, the large vein carrying de-oxygenated blood from the lower portion of the body to the heart. In rare cases, medical management of acute pulmonary emboli fails to adequately treat these clots, or a patient may have severe hemodynamic instability from a very large embolus. In these cases, a surgeon can remove the offending clot and restore proper blood flow to the lungs.

Acute pulmonary embolism is treated with blood thinning medications.

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