It is one of the most common — and dangerous — conditions that affect the lungs. Pulmonary embolism (PE) affects about a million people in the U.S. each year, resulting in sudden death in one quarter of those cases.
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs inside the lungs. Its most common cause is a condition called deep vein thrombosis, which is a clot that starts in the leg, travels upward and ultimately lodges in the lung. A blood clot, regardless of its size, can interfere with regular blood flow and reduce blood oxygen levels. The resulting damage can be serious or even fatal if left untreated.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Mahmood will utilize state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan for your specific needs. The first line of PE treatment involves blood thinner medications, which prevent fresh blood clots from forming. Less often, clot-dissolving medications may be used. He may also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, losing weight and stopping cigarette smoking to help you reduce your risk and possibly avoid a pulmonary embolism completely.
With two convenient locations in Secaucus and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating PE, in order to restore and maintain your better health. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.