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How can pulmonary embolism (PE) affect your mental health?

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This kind of serious, painful experience can leave you feeling sad or scared, especially if your recovery puts new limits on what you can do. If you feel anxious or depressed, talk with your doctor about a referral to a counselor or support groups in your area.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Society for Vascular Surgery: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

American Heart Association: “What are anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents?”

American Lung Association: “Living with DVT / Blood clots.”

NYU Langone Health: “Recovery & Support for Pulmonary Embolism.”

Chest: “Functional and Exercise Limitations After a First Episode of Pulmonary Embolism.”

Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis : “Quality of life after pulmonary embolism.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Surgical Thrombectomy.”

University of North Carolina: “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Society for Vascular Surgery: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

American Heart Association: “What are anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents?”

American Lung Association: “Living with DVT / Blood clots.”

NYU Langone Health: “Recovery & Support for Pulmonary Embolism.”

Chest: “Functional and Exercise Limitations After a First Episode of Pulmonary Embolism.”

Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis : “Quality of life after pulmonary embolism.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Surgical Thrombectomy.”

University of North Carolina: “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

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