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Medical History for Pulmonary Embolism

A thorough medical history is an important part of diagnosing pulmonary embolism. The information that you provide can help your doctor develop a general idea of whether you are at increased risk for developing a blood clot that can lead to pulmonary embolism. Your doctor will want to know:

  • Whether you or any immediate family members have a history of developing blood clots.
  • What your general health is and whether you have any other serious medical conditions, such as cancer.
  • Whether you recently have been on a long trip or on an airplane or have been immobilized for a long stretch of time.
  • Whether you are taking any hormone medicines, especially birth control pills or estrogen replacement.
  • Whether you have recently had surgery.
  • Whether you have recently had a central venous catheter inserted into a large vein.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
Last Revised January 14, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 14, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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