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When should you call 911 about pulmonary embolism in deep vein thrombosis?

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If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

  • Sudden cough, which may be bloody
  • Rapid breathing or sudden shortness of breath, even while resting
  • Chest pain: sharp or stabbing, burning, aching, or dull (might get worse with deep breaths, coughing, eating, or bending)
  • Sudden rapid heart rate

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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