Broken Bones and Pulmonary Embolism

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Friends, it is with a very sad heart that I write this post.  A wonderful man was cut down in his prime this past Sunday.  One minute he was talking and laughing with his family, the next he was gone.  There were fist responders present but nothing could be done.  His cause of death was a pulmonary embolism secondary to a double-fracture in his foot ten days prior.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website:

Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clump of material, most often a blood clot, gets wedged into an artery in your lungs. These blood clots most commonly originate in the deep veins of your legs, but they can also come from other parts of your body…

Occasionally, other substances can form blockages within the blood vessels inside your lungs. Examples include:

  • Fat from within the marrow of a broken bone
  • Part of a tumor
  • Air bubbles

It’s rare to experience a solitary pulmonary embolism. In most cases, multiple clots are involved. The lung tissue served by each blocked artery is robbed of fuel and may die. This makes it more difficult for your lungs to provide oxygen to the rest of your body.  (from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-embolism/DS00429/DSECTION=causes)

I have never in my life heard of a thing like this happening, but apparently, it’s not all that uncommon.  If you suspect that you have broken a bone, do everyone a favor: get thee to the hospital IMMEDIATELY.  Go see a good orthopedist and stick to the rehab regimen that doctor prescribes.  With your doctor’s consent, take aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots.  Take the rest you need to heal properly and comply with your medical team’s advice.  Be well friends.

Uncle George, you are loved and sorely missed.  Rest in peace.

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