Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

When present, the most common signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism are unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain that gets worse with a deep breath, and coughing up blood. Symptoms vary, depending on the amount of blood flow that is blocked in the lung by clots. Large blood clots are considered life-threatening and may cause severe pulmonary embolism symptoms, while smaller clots cause fewer symptoms or none at all.

An Introduction to Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

More than half of the people with pulmonary embolism do not have any symptoms. Some people have symptoms that could be due to other conditions.
 

Common Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

When present, the most common symptoms of pulmonary embolism are:
 
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that gets worse with a deep breath, coughing, or chest movement
  • Coughing up blood.
 

Other Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

General, less specific signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism may occur, including:
 
  • Anxiety or feelings of dread
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating.
 

Severity of Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism vary, depending on the amount of blood flow that is blocked in the lung by clots. Large blood clots or many blood clots are considered life-threatening and may cause more severe symptoms. Smaller blood clots cause fewer symptoms or no symptoms at all. It is important that you see your healthcare provider immediately if you have any possible pulmonary embolism symptoms or symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.
 
 

Pulmonary Embolism Information

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