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I am trying to find definitive statistics on my chance of having a recurrent pulmonary embolism. Kindly help.

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Published At December 26, 2022
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I had a pulmonary embolism four days after a C-section. I have been on Rivaroxaban with no problems. I am trying to find definitive statistics on my chance of having a recurrent pulmonary embolism. Kindly help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

In acquired pulmonary embolism, immobilization after C-section was the cause, and the chance of recurrent pulmonary embolism was low if oral anticoagulant was taken for three to six months.

The overall risk of recurrent pulmonary embolism is around 10 % but in acquired cause chance is less.

The risk can be reduced further by daily exercise, avoiding smoking, and using compression stockings.

Rule out the genetic cause of thrombosis because if the genetic cause is present, then the chance of recurrent thrombosis is there, and in that case life long anticoagulant needed

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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