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What causes pulmonary embolism (PE)?

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A pulmonary embolism (PE) is caused by a blood clot that gets stuck in an artery in your lungs. That blockage can damage your lungs and hurt other organs if they don’t get enough oxygen. It’s a serious condition, and recovery can take weeks or months.

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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