What is the first sign of pulmonary embolism?

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What is the first sign of pulmonary embolism?

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answered Mar 13, 2022 by Cghrijd (1,040 points)
The first signs of a pulmonary embolism is shortness of breath, chest pains and the chest pains may get worse as you exert yourself.

Coughing up some blood is also a sign of a pulmonary embolism.

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel in the body (often in the leg).

The pulmonary embolism then travels to a lung artery where it suddenly blocks blood flow.

A Pulmonary Embolism is a condition in which one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked by a blood clot.

Most times the pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel from the legs or, rarely, other parts of the body (deep vein thrombosis).

Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough.

Prompt treatment to break up the clot greatly reduces the risk of death.

This can be done with blood thinners and drugs or procedures.

Compression stockings and physical activity can help prevent clots from forming in the first place.

Pulmonary embolisms are often caused by a blocked artery in the lungs.

The most common cause of such a blockage is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the leg and travels to the lungs, where it gets lodged in a smaller lung artery.

Almost all blood clots that cause pulmonary embolism are formed in the deep leg veins.

The common signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include.

Shortness of breath.
Chest pain that may become worse when breathing in.
Cough, which may contain blood.
Leg pain or swelling.
Pain in your back.
Excessive sweating.
Lightheadedness, dizziness or passing out.
Blueish lips or nails.

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