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Pulmonary Embolism - Symptoms

The symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include:

  • Shortness of breath that may occur suddenly.
  • Sudden, sharp chest pain that may become worse with deep breathing or coughing.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Sweating.
  • Anxiety.
  • Coughing up blood or pink, foamy mucus.
  • Fainting.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Signs of shock.

Pulmonary embolism may be hard to diagnose because its symptoms may occur with or are similar to other conditions, such as a heart attack, asthma, a panic attack, or pneumonia. Also, some people with pulmonary embolism don't have symptoms.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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