How an embolism is treated will depend on:
A surgical procedure called an embolectomy is sometimes carried out to remove an obstruction. During this operation, the surgeon will make a cut in the affected artery and the foreign body causing the blockage will be sucked out in a process known as aspiration.
Medication may be used to dissolve embolisms (thrombolysis) caused by blood clots. Anticoagulant medication , such as warfarin , heparin and low-dose aspirin , can help make the blood less sticky and stop further clots forming.
Embolisms caused by air bubbles are usually treated in a hyperbaric chamber. The air pressure inside the chamber is higher than the normal air pressure outside, which helps reduce the size of the air bubbles inside the diver's body.
An embolism is a condition where the blood flow in an artery is blocked by a foreign body, such as a blood clot or an air bubble.
A foreign body is any object or substance which shouldn't be in your blood. Foreign bodies that cause embolisms are known as emboli a single emboli is called an embolus. Blood clots Blood contains n
Your risk of an embolismis increased by: being overweight or obese having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more being pregnant being 60 years old or over smoking having heart disease being i
How an embolism is treated will depend on: what caused the blockage the size of the blockage where in the body the blockage is A surgical procedure called an embolectomy is sometimes carried out