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What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

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Pulmonary embolism won't always cause symptoms. You might have:

Call 911 if you notice these symptoms. They could also be symptoms of a heart attack, pneumonia, or other serious problems.

  • Chest pain, which may get worse with a deep breath
  • Sudden shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sudden cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Anxiety

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Pulmonary Embolism."

CDC: "Diagnosis of DVT and PE," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts," "Data & Statistics."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Medscape: "Throbolytic Therapy for Pulmonary Embolism."

American Society of Hematology: "Antithrombotic Therapy."

American Heart Association. , April 26, 2011. Circulation

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Pulmonary Embolism."

CDC: "Diagnosis of DVT and PE," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts," "Data & Statistics."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Medscape: "Throbolytic Therapy for Pulmonary Embolism."

American Society of Hematology: "Antithrombotic Therapy."

American Heart Association. , April 26, 2011. Circulation

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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