Brought to ER with SOB/CP checked for Heart conditions left with lab results and D-Dimer is elevated

Patient

Q: Should I be worried about a D-dimer level of 656?

Symptoms:  shortness of breath, chest pain
Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. D dimers are small proteins that are produced when a blood clot is broken down. Elevated D dimers are not indicative of a specific disease state but may caused by a recent event that involved your body's natural blood coagulation system. For example, D dimer values will be increased if there was an episode of intravascular coagulation. This can be caused by a systemic infection, recently giving birth, receiving a blood transfusion or even tissue injury such as large burns. D dimers could be indicative of even more life threatening events such as pulmonary embolisms. This is when a blood clot gets lodged within the lungs, preventing oxygenated blood from getting to the heart to be pumped to the body. This is a medical emergency and often presents with symptoms such as yours: shortness of breath and chest pain.
We are not certain as to why you discharged with elevated D-dimers, or what diagnosis was made at the ER when you were admitted. If however this shortness of breath and chest pain continues, we recommend that you seek medical attention immediately.

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