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Asthma & DVT

There have been a recent spate of asthmatics that have developed pulmonary embolism which in some cases have been fatal. So we thought it would be good to see the link between asthma and DVT.

People with asthma face a higher risk of pulmonary embolism than the general population, new research out of the Netherlands suggests.

What is Asthma? Asthma is an airway condition that has rapidly increased in prevalence over the last couple of decades. It is a chro

nic disease that involves the airways which allow air to come in and out of the lungs. The airways of a sufferer are always inflamed. They turn out to be more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something activates its symptoms, consequently making it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. Similar to other chronic inflammatory (swelling) situations, severe asthma may be linked with lung blockages.

The dangers of a pulmonary embolism A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blockage in an artery in the lung, usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lungs from elsewhere in the body — a complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clot formation in deep veins of the body. Such blood clots often form in the lower extremities — the legs, for example. Without treatment to thin the blood and dissolve the clot, pulmonary embolism can be