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What does the chest pain of a pulmonary embolism feel like?

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When a blood clot travels through the bloodstream and lodges in the lungs, the pulmonary embolism that results can cause acute pleuritis, trouble breathing, and a rapid heartbeat. It may also cause fever and shock.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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