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What are signs of pulmonary embolism?

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Pulmonary embolism means that something, usually a blood clot, has blocked an artery in one of your lungs. It’s a serious problem that needs medical help right away. Signs of pulmonary embolism are fast breathing, a fast heart rate, and possibly a sharp pain in your chest when you breathe in. Other signs are fever, dizziness, and leg pain or swelling.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Asthma?”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Breathlessness.”

National Institute on Aging, Age Page: “Understanding Lung Problems—Make Each Breath Count.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Interstitial Lung Disease.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: “About PF.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Asthma?”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Breathlessness.”

National Institute on Aging, Age Page: “Understanding Lung Problems—Make Each Breath Count.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Interstitial Lung Disease.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: “About PF.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

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