Pulmonary Embolism

By: Sydney Wyatt, Taylor Gahagan

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What is Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary Embolism is is a sudden blockage in the lung artery. the blockage is usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lungs from a vein in the leg

What are the Symptoms?


clammy or bluish skin

chest pain that may extend to the arm,neck,jaw and shoulder


irregular heartbeat


rapid breathing

spitting up blood

weak pulse

How is Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosed

Doctors will do chest x-rays

computerized tomography ( cat scan)

duplex venous ultrasound

How is Pulmonary Embolism treated

Depending on size and location

Anticoagulants: Also called blood thinners the drugs heparin and warfarin prevents new blood clots from forming they can save your life in an emergency situation

Clot dissolvers: speeds up the break down of a clot they are typically reserved for emergency situations because side effects may include dangerous problems


The prognosis depends on many factors the bigger the clot and the larger the blood vessel that it is blocking the more serious the condition is. the outlook may be poor with big clots or clots blocking larger vessels especially if they are not diagnosed and treated quickly. A undiagnosed P.E will always result in death.
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