Timely and considerate care of the arterial and venous systems.
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot forming in one of the veins in the body, more commonly a deep vein in the leg or pelvis (known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT), which then breaks off (this is called an embolus) and travels through the blood stream towards the heart and then ends up in the lung. You could read more about DVT in our post, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
A pulmonary embolism is an emergency because depending on the size, number and location it could be fatal.
Some of the symptoms include:
Since PE is most likely to be caused by a DVT, then risk factors for DVT can increase the risk for a PE. Some of these factors include:
Note: This blog post is intended for information only. It is not meant to replace a professional medical opinion. If you are suspecting any medical problems, please seek professional medical attention. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.