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Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

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A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one or more arteries in the lungs, usually caused by a blood clot traveling from another part of the body, such as the legs or arms. While not always fatal, it is a serious complication of deep vein thrombosis and can be life-threatening.

Causes of Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism can affect anyone, but certain factors increase the risk:

  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prolonged bed rest or travel
  • Family history of blood-clotting disorders
  • History of cancer or chemotherapy treatment
  • Trauma or injury to a vein
  • Surgery
  • Smoking
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Hormone-replacement therapy

Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

Symptoms vary based on the blockage's severity and include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Sharp chest pain radiating to the arm, shoulder, neck, or jaw
  • Cough
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Swelling in one leg

Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism can be challenging but may include:

  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Lung scan
  • Blood tests
  • Pulmonary angiogram
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI scan

Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism

Treatment usually occurs in a hospital to monitor vital signs and may include:

  • Anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Surgical placement of an inferior vena cava filter

Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

Preventive measures include:

  • Maintaining physical activity
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Wearing compression stockings to improve leg circulation

For concerns or symptoms of pulmonary embolism, seek medical attention promptly at our San Jose location in Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley.

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