A pulmonary embolism (thromboembolism) occurs when a blood clot, generally a venous thrombus, becomes dislodged from its site of formation and embolizes to the arterial blood supply of one of the lungs. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, pain during breathing, and more rarely circulatory instability and death. Treatment is with anticoagulant medication, such as warfarin.


Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by a blood clot, ...
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Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The symptoms of pulmonary embolism can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clot and your overall health — especially the presence or absence of underlyi...
Source: MayoClinic

... You have two lungs, one on each side of your heart. Blood is constantly being pumped from the right side of your heart to the lungs and back to the left side of your heart. In your lungs, blood picks ...
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Pulmonary Embolism Prevention

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... Although more than 2 million Americans develop blood clots in their veins every year, many cases of DVT and pulmonary embolism can be prevented with a few simple measures. Some of these measures are u...
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Pulmonary Embolism Treatment

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... Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism don''t survive. When the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, however, t...
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... Prompt treatment of venous thromboembolism — the term used to refer to both pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis — is essential in order to prevent serious complications or death. I...
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Pulmonary Embolism Other

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Pulmonary Embolism
... A pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm) is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, usually due to a blood clot that traveled to the lung from the leg. A clot that forms in one part of the body and ...
Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Low Dose Warfarin Prevents Recurrence of Blood Clots — NHLBI Stops Study
... A study of long-term, low-dose warfarin to prevent the recurrence of the blood clotting disorders deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism resulted in such a high degree of benefit to the pat...
Source: National Institutes of Health


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