Too Much Air Can Be Deadly
I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer. Air is required to power the various cells and tissues in the body. However, too much air or air in the wrong place can actually be deadly. Air has the potential to get in the way of flowing blood, causing a clot just like any other substance. One example of a dangerous clot is an embolism.
An embolism is a material that moves and gets stuck inside of a blood vessel, typically an artery. Many different types of content can clog a blood vessel, but most emboli are made of fat, air, or foreign material. This is a dangerous vascular phenomenon because it can obstruct the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to organs and tissues. In some cases, emboli can actually be placed in a specific location for therapeutic reasons. For example, a trained healthcare professional may intentionally put an embolus somewhere to stop the flow of blood to an area of cancer or to stop bleeding at a specific location in the body. Depending on the type of embolism and the place, there are different signs and symptoms that someone may notice. For example, a pulmonary embolism is a clot that forms in one or more of the pulmonary arteries. A patient may feel a rapid heart rate, chest pain, pain that gets worse with breathing, and sweating. This constitutes a medical emergency and could result in someone’s death.