What is the treatment for pulmonary embolism?

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most serious conditions that can affect your lungs. It occurs when a blood clot gets trapped in one of the arteries, which leads to shortness of breath, chest pain, and even death if left untreated. But don’t worry, we won’t let it come to that! In this article, we’ll be exploring some kickass treatments for pulmonary embolism that will make you feel like a million bucks!

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Before we dive deep into the treatment options available,let’s talk about prevention! After all, why wait until you have PE before taking action? Here are some preventive measures:

Regular Exercise

Exercise regularly (even if walking around Netflix all day makes you out-of-breath) to improve blood circulation.

Quit Smoking

Quit smoking if you are currently indulging in our friend Mr. Nicotine because smoking increases your chances of developing PE.

Stay Hydrated

Stay hydrated as dehydration leads to thickened blood clots leading to increased risk.

Alright! Now let’s move on from preventing and find out what happens next once diagnosed with PE.

Hospitalization: First Step Towards A New You!

The first step after being diagnosed with pulmonary embolism is hospitalization. Just checking yourself into the ER doesn’t count but hey no harm in trying right?

Once at the hospital, they might do following tests:

  • CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • Echocardiograms

These tests determine whether or not there is an obstruction in your lung artery due to a clot lurking around ominously.

When it has been confirmed that indeed yo’ body’s got a scary blockage causing difficulty breathing within ya, below steps follow next:

Oxygen Therapy To Help You Breathe Easy!

Given how difficult and gasping a PE attack might be, oxygen therapy is the go-to treatment option. Simply sit back and let the oxygen mask do what it does best – make you breathe.

Thrombolytic Therapy: The Clot Remover

This treatment involves administering drugs that dissolve blood clots rapidly — so take quick action ‘if clot found disturb’and get thi- wait, no need to sound threatening, these are just drugs that help your body’s natural dissolving abilities exhibit their full potential.

Here are some of thrombolytic agents listed below:


Alteplase or TNK is often used for pulmonary embolism treatment as they function by selectively stimulating our natural enzymes to dissolve clots quickly.


Streptokinase comes in handy only if testing reveals an allergic reaction towards definitely not peanut butter. It has been known to have drug interactions with other common medications hence we suggest keeping yourself informed about the same from your doctor.

Anti-Coagulant Therapy: Time To Stay Anti At Heart!

Anticoagulant therapy refers to medicine administered over a more extended period of time (yup,say adios fun weekends)to thin out/inhibit clot formation thus reducing chances of recurring PE attacks; this sounds like an awkward conversation first date talk “I prefer my blood without any string-like things inside.”

Some types of anticoagulants include:
– Heparin
– Warfarin Sodium

It ain’t easy getting rid of them scripts!

Now brace yourself for possible side-effects peeps!

While undergoing anticoagulation therapy keep yourself alert concerning unexpected bleeding observed such as nose bleeds,cuts may take longer than usual too heal thereby see-sawing between being lazy and forming better habits when going all-out on productivity.

Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis : The Ultimate Showdown

As far as potential treatments go, catheter-directed thrombolysis is the hardest-hitting one. It’s like a breath of fresh air for those suffering from pulmonary embolism; except in actuality its being injected through either veins or arteries.

Here’s How it Works

This treatment involves placing a flexible tube called the catheter into an artery in your groin with subsequent navigative skills maneuvering up to where thrombus clot originated (if only we could navigate traffic so well).

Once located, drugs are delivered directly to this area that promotes instant clot dissolving via hour-long infusions.

Surgical Treatment: When Nothing Else Fool-Proofs

Sometimes when even the above-stated courses of reaction fail after coming close but you’re still far away, surgery seems to be our last resort and hope lies therein.

Pneumonectomy (only during extreme symptoms/massive clots)



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