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Major Causes of Pulmonary Embolism

Posted on January 6, 2016 2:50 pm under Bard G2 IVC Filters

One major cause of pulmonary embolism is a condition called deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the leg and then breaks off, moving through the bloodstream into the lungs where it blocks an artery.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), blood clots tend to develop in the legs’ deep veins when the flow of blood is restricted and slow. Clotting usually occurs after a long period of stillness such as the following:

  • Long rides (car, buses, airplanes, etc.)
  • Remaining in bed for a significant amount of time
  • After surgeries, when patients are advised to lay in bed for a long time and stay still

Another potential cause of pulmonary embolism is when an air bubble, a part of a tumor, or other tissue move to the lungs. The breaking of large bones in the body could cause the fat in the bone marrow to travel through the bloodstream and cause a pulmonary embolism when it reaches the lungs.

Pulmonary embolism is often prevented through the use of inferior vena cava filters such as the Bard G2 IVC filters. Unfortunately, however, Bard G2 IVC filters have previously caused pulmonary embolism in some patients. If you have been affected by a dangerous IVC filter, please discuss your situation with the caring, dedicated legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us today at (414) 271-0900.