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Pulmonary embolism

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Carola Felchner

Carola Felchner is a freelance author at lifelikeinc.com and a certified exercise and nutritionist. She worked at various trade magazines and online portals before becoming self-employed in 2015 as a journalist. Before her traineeship, she studied translating and interpreting in Kempten and Munich.

More about the lifelikeinc.com experts at one pulmonary embolism (Pulmonary artery embolism) is a blood vessel of the lungs clogged, mostly by a blood clot. The lung is then less perfused. So only insufficient oxygen gets into the blood. Signs of pulmonary embolism include sudden breathlessness and chest pain. The cycle can collapse. In the worst case, the patient dies. Read all about the symptoms, causes and treatment of pulmonary embolism.

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  • symptoms
  • treatment
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Examinations and diagnosis
  • Disease course and prognosis
  • prevention

Pulmonary embolism: short overview

  • symptoms: Shortness of breath, chest pain, anxiety and restlessness, (cough) coughing, dizziness or fainting
  • Treatment: Stabilize respiration and circulation, administer oxygen and pain / blood thinning agents (dissolution of thrombus), if necessary, catheter therapy, rarely surgery
  • Prevent: Exercise, quit smoking, compression stockings, etc.
  • Risk factors: u. a. Smoking, baby pill, heart and lung disease, older age, prolonged confined sitting, obesity, surgery, bed-rest
  • Examination: Blood test, ECG, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), scintigraphy
  • Forecast: high risk of death in the first two hours after symptom onset; improved prognosis with rapid treatment
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Pulmonary embolism: symptoms

The type and severity of pulmonary embolism symptoms depend on the size of the diseased lung area. Very small pulmonary embolisms sometimes cause no discomfort. Mostly it comes to a right sudden onset of respiratory distressby chest pain is accompanied. A pronounced pulmonary embolism can even lead to a circulatory collapse and in the worst case to death.

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