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Does a change in heart rate occur with pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes...

People with pe can be asymptomatic.
If the heart rate is affected, it usually goes up causing s rapid heart rate. If a person thinks they have a pe, they need to be evaluated at an er as pe can be life-threatening.

In brief: Sometimes...

People with pe can be asymptomatic.
If the heart rate is affected, it usually goes up causing s rapid heart rate. If a person thinks they have a pe, they need to be evaluated at an er as pe can be life-threatening.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

Fast heart rate (tachycardia) is a common finding with acute pulmonary emboli.

In brief: Yes

Fast heart rate (tachycardia) is a common finding with acute pulmonary emboli.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Yes

In fact, an unexplained rapid heart rate may be one of the primary clues that a pulmonary embolus exists.

In brief: Yes

In fact, an unexplained rapid heart rate may be one of the primary clues that a pulmonary embolus exists.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

But not all the time and depends on severity of case.

In brief: Yes

But not all the time and depends on severity of case.
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Dr. Shervin Eshaghian
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

It usually goes up (tachycardia).

In brief: Yes

It usually goes up (tachycardia).
Dr. Shervin Eshaghian
Dr. Shervin Eshaghian
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes, an increased heart rate (tachycardia or heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute) is a very common sign associated with pulmonary embolism.

In brief: Yes

Yes, an increased heart rate (tachycardia or heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute) is a very common sign associated with pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

A pulmonary embolism (clot blocking the blood vessels to the lungs) often results in an elevation of one's heart rate.
This is due to the body getting less oxygen and the heart trying to compensate for this by raising the heart rate (and breathing rate as well.) this is a medical emergency. However, one must also realize that many other things can also cause an elevated heart rate.

In brief: Yes

A pulmonary embolism (clot blocking the blood vessels to the lungs) often results in an elevation of one's heart rate.
This is due to the body getting less oxygen and the heart trying to compensate for this by raising the heart rate (and breathing rate as well.) this is a medical emergency. However, one must also realize that many other things can also cause an elevated heart rate.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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