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Pulmonary Embolism (cont.)

Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Not all pulmonary embolisms exhibit the same signs and symptoms. But certain symptoms may indicate that a pulmonary embolism has occurred.

The following signs and symptoms may occur (in the order they are typically seen):

  • Chest pain: Pain is very sharp and stabbing in nature, has a sudden onset, and is worse when taking a deep breath (referred to as pleuritic chest pain).
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exertion
  • Anxiety or apprehension
  • Cough: Usually, this cough is dry, but it may be associated with blood.
  • Sweating
  • Passing out

Doctors may suspect a blood clot if any of these symptoms occur in someone who has or recently had a swollen or painful arm or leg or who has any of the risk factors listed previously.

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