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Pulmonary Embolism in ICU

Pulmonary embolism is a critical condition that often requires immediate attention and intervention when it occurs in the ICU. It is commonly caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot from the legs or pelvis travels to the lungs. PE can lead to impaired blood flow to the lungs, resulting in decreased oxygenation and potential respiratory failure. Patients in the ICU may have multiple risk factors for developing pulmonary embolism, such as immobility, surgery, trauma, cancer, or previous history of DVT. Diagnosis is challenging in the ICU due to the presence of various other conditions with similar symptoms, such as sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Common symptoms of PE in ICU patients include sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure. The use of imaging modalities like CT pulmonary angiography is crucial for a timely and accurate diagnosis of PE in the ICU. Anticoagulation therapy with medications like heparin is often initiated promptly to prevent further clot formation and reduce the risk of complications.

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Principal Consultant Critical Care Medicine and Incharge Gastro Liver & Liver Transplant ICU "Dr. Rishabh Kumar Mittal Principal Consultant Critical Care Medicine and Incharge Gastro Liver & Liver Transplant ICU,Max Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi

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  • 11th-August-2023, TIME : 6:30PM - 7:30PM
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Pulmonary embolism is a critical condition that often requires immediate attention and intervention when it occurs in the ICU. It is commonly caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot from the legs or pelvis travels to the lungs. PE can lead to impaired blood flow to the lungs, resulting in decreased oxygenation and potential respiratory failure. Patients in the ICU may have multiple risk factors for developing pulmonary embolism, such as immobility, surgery, trauma, cancer, or previous history of DVT. Diagnosis is challenging in the ICU due to the presence of various other conditions with similar symptoms, such as sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Common symptoms of PE in ICU patients include sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure. The use of imaging modalities like CT pulmonary angiography is crucial for a timely and accurate diagnosis of PE in the ICU. Anticoagulation therapy with medications like heparin is often initiated promptly to prevent further clot formation and reduce the risk of complications.

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Dr. Rishabh Kumar Mittal
  • 11th-August-2023, TIME : 6:30PM - 7:30PM
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Pulmonary embolism is a critical condition that often requires immediate attention and intervention when it occurs in the ICU. It is commonly caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot from the legs or pelvis travels to the lungs. PE can lead to impaired blood flow to the lungs, resulting in decreased oxygenation and potential respiratory failure. Patients in the ICU may have multiple risk factors for developing pulmonary embolism, such as immobility, surgery, trauma, cancer, or previous history of DVT. Diagnosis is challenging in the ICU due to the presence of various other conditions with similar symptoms, such as sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Common symptoms of PE in ICU patients include sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure. The use of imaging modalities like CT pulmonary angiography is crucial for a timely and accurate diagnosis of PE in the ICU. Anticoagulation therapy with medications like heparin is often initiated promptly to prevent further clot formation and reduce the risk of complications.