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What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism (PE)?

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With a pulmonary embolism, you could notice:

  • Shortness of breath you can’t explain
  • Fast breathing
  • Chest pain under your rib cage that can get worse when you take a deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Feeling lightheaded or passing out

From: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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