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How can you tell if a blood clot is forming in your lung?

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A blood clot in your lung usually starts out in a deep vein in your arm or leg, then breaks off and travels to your lung. When this happens, you get what's called a pulmonary embolism, an extremely dangerous condition. Get medical help right away if you:

  • Feel short of breath or have problems breathing
  • Get pain in your chest
  • Start to cough
  • Begin to sweat
  • Feel like you're dizzy

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Excessive Blood Clotting?" "What Causes Pulmonary Embolism?"

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)."

University of Colorado Health: "Mesenteric venous thrombosis."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Renovascular Conditions."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Excessive Blood Clotting?" "What Causes Pulmonary Embolism?"

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)."

University of Colorado Health: "Mesenteric venous thrombosis."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Renovascular Conditions."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

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