pulmonary embolism is difficult, because there are many other medical conditions, such as a
heart attack or an
anxiety attack, that can cause similar symptoms.
Diagnosis depends on an
accurate and thorough
medical history and ruling out other conditions. Your
doctor will need to know about your symptoms and
risk factors for pulmonary embolism. This information, combined
with a careful
physical exam, will point to the initial tests that
are best suited to diagnose a
deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Recommended Related to Lung Disease/Respiratory Problems
A blood test to look at
the level of the protein
troponin. Higher levels of troponin can mean there is
damage to your heart muscle.
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