PE and Hypotension

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I had PE in July 2017 and was placed on blood thinners for 6 mo, just got off the blood thinners in January and on my most recent CT scan the emboli had cleared up. Before I was diagnosed with PE I had an incident of fainting at work, I recently had the same thing happen. My blood pressure dropped to 62/44 and since then I have been having pains exactly like I had before being diagnosed with PE. My doctor doesn't want to expose me to another CT scann (this will be my 3rd in less than a year and I am 22 y.o. 

Has anyone else experienced severe hypotension with PE? or any suggestions?

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    Hi! Was the CT scan done with contrast? If not, the emboli may not be visible depending on the size of it! My daughter’s CT was done with contrast otherwise emboli would not have been visible! Ask for another CT  with contrast as it is better to be sure! My daughter had 3 done so far in a matter of 2 years! Also, when she came off Rivoraxaban, there was an event where she had severe tachycardia combined with chest pain and being breathless but not another PE but side effect from stopping medication. It is a painful process but make sure you go back to the doctor and get it seen ASAP! Good luck!
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    I had like 8 ct.scans in a year and a half. Do a ddimer blood test.
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    I do run a lower blood pressure usually 100/70. I don't know if that has anything to do with PE. You could do a VQ scan which has much less radiation or maybe check d-dimer level to see if elevated.

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