Medical Q&As

Pulmonary embolism - prognosis?

Almost a year ago I suffered a pulmonary embolism in both lungs as a result of a hip replacement. In general I do feel much stronger but some days I still feel weak, especially when I am due my period. Can you tell me what the recovery period is? I am no longer taking warfarin as I have a Venus Greenfield filter installed. One medical person told me it would take up to two years to feel normal again. My own G.P. thinks I should be better now. I am still taking an iron supplement. I am 40 years old. Any information you can give me on this would be gratefully appreciated.

Pulmonary embolism is a serious event with a high mortality rate in the early hours of the event occurring. Those that survive the initial event can experience significant levels of illness for some time afterwards. I should clarify for the benefit of our other site members that a Venus Greenfield filter is a special device that prevents fragments of clot from travelling to the lungs thereby preventing further pulmonary embolism. It is a form of filtration device that allows blood to pass through while retaining any clot fragments. With regard to recovery the factors that influence the prognosis are the extent and site of the embolism, the general condition of the affected person and the degree of healing that takes place in the damaged lungs. Since I donít have any information on lung function tests it is not possible for me to go beyond the general statement of principles that I have just given. However, since it is only one year since the event occurred and both of your lungs were affected I am not surprised that you continue to experience some feelings of weakness from time to time. I would be hopeful that a further improvement in your general condition would take place over the course of the coming year.