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Is having a pulmonary embolism the same thing as having a heart attack?
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: No
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lungs and a heart attack is a ruptured plaque in the coronary artery wth a clot

In brief: No
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lungs and a heart attack is a ruptured plaque in the coronary artery wth a clot
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Totally different but can have the same symptoms.
A heart attack is a blockage in the coronary arteries (even one) due to a cholesterol-protein clot. This is caused by poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, and stress. That's how the drug industry makes billions/year. A pulmonary embolism (pe) is a blood clot in an artery of the lung. This often shoots up from the leg. There are many causes.

In brief: No
Totally different but can have the same symptoms.
A heart attack is a blockage in the coronary arteries (even one) due to a cholesterol-protein clot. This is caused by poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, and stress. That's how the drug industry makes billions/year. A pulmonary embolism (pe) is a blood clot in an artery of the lung. This often shoots up from the leg. There are many causes.
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