So scary. Tamar Braxton dropped out of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ on Nov. 11 after doctors found blood clots in both sides of her lungs, and now, an expert tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that her condition could be life-threatening. Find out all the details here.
Tamar Braxton, 38, was forced to withdraw from Dancing With the Stars on Nov. 11 because of a scary illness that may be life-threatening. The Real host was initially said to be battling pneumonia, but now, doctors say she actually has blood clots in both sides of her lungs, which is very very serious, Dr. Bruce Lee, M.D. explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Tamar didn’t elaborate too much on how she’ll overcome her condition, while announcing her departure from DWTS on Nov. 11, but Dr. Bruce Lee explained Tamar’s condition in fuller detail. Plus, he told us that if not treated properly, blood clots in the lungs can be life-threatening.
“Tamar Braxton’s condition, pulmonary embolism, is very serious and can be life-threatening if not treated. She was smart to quit Dancing With The Stars. Tamar has to be fully treated before she can return to her regular lifestyle. First, she needs to get properly diagnosed and the doctors have to determine what is causing the blood clots in her lungs. Typically, there are two main reasons why blood clots form in the lungs. One, Tamar could have an abnormal blood condition which causes the body to form clots. Second, she could be taking a medication that increases the risk of developing blood clots. Doctors can determine what is causing the blood clots by doing blood tests. The doctors may also have Tamar undergo a procedure called a lung ventilation perfusion scan which measures the blood flow in your lungs. An MRI can sometimes be useful,” Dr. Bruce Lee says.
“Having blood clots in one’s lungs is life-threatening because less oxygen is getting to the brain and to the heart. Blood clots in the lungs can mimic pneumonia. Just like pneumonia, blood clots in the lungs causes poor circulation. The purpose of the lungs is to put oxygen into the blood. If there is a low oxygen in the blood, it’s difficult to breathe. Tamar will be given oxygen to raise her levels and medication to dissolve the blood clots. She may also be given anticoagulants to prevent more clotting,” he adds.
That sound pretty scary, but we’re confident that Tamar will take her doctors’ advice seriously and come out on top in the end. She’s a fighter!
Our thoughts remain with Tamar Braxton at this time. We hope she takes care of herself and recovers quickly.
— Chris Rogers, Reporting by Sandra Clark