Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are the two sides of the same disease, which we call venous thromboembolic disease and which we refer to as VTE
When VTE manifests itself in the form of venous thrombosis, the symptoms usually appear in the limbs, especially in the lower limbs. When it appears as a pulmonary embolism, then the symptoms appear in the lungs.
Pulmonary embolism is considered the third main cause of vascular death, after a myocardium stroke and ictus.
DEAD WITHIN 30 DAYS OF DIAGNOSIS
VTE can appear in any person at any time. In this graph you can consult, with real time data from the RIETE Registry, the mortality associated with VTE
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I have been told that I have an embolism in my lung. My father died of a brain embolism. Are these the same diseases?
No. A cerebral embolism is the consequence of a heart thrombus that breaks and moves away from where it was. It can go to the brain and to the leg arteries through the aorta artery. They are arterial embolisms. On the other hand, a pulmonary embolism occurs when a thrombus breaks inside a vein, usually in the legs, and following its course, it goes through the vena cava to the right side of the heart and then to the pulmonary arteries, where it cannot continue traveling. Once it is in the lung, it completely obstructs the diameter of one or more arteries, and this causes pain and difficulty when breathing.
Two months ago I was diagnosed with a superficial thrombophlebitis in my left leg and I was prescribed 40 mg Clexane injections for 90 days. Today I woke up with pain in my right calf and I am not sure if I am just sore or I have DVT. I can see that both my legs are the same size and I don’t have any varices. Could it be DVT?
Having had a superficial thrombophlebitis a few days ago and now experiencing pain in the other calf, you may have a new thrombosis in that leg. I suggest you visit your doctor who will perform an echo-doppler to see if you have a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), a superficial thrombosis or maybe you just experience some soreness.