Is having a pulmonary embolism the same thing as having a heart attack?

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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Hoping you can tell me, is pulmonary embolism the same thing as a heart attack?

No. Pulmonary embolism is a clot going to the lung from the venous system of the body, usually from a vein of the leg. A heart attack is usually blockage of one of the arteries to the heart muscle, often by a clot in a coronary. Read more...

Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

Vast. Pulmonary embolism is the blockage of the pulmonary artery branches by clot, most commonly from the legs. Causes lung dysfunction and heart failure sometimes death. Heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the result of a blockage of the coronary (heart) artery with resultant death of a portion of the heart muscle. Result is heart dysfunction/failure/arrest and even death. Read more...
Completely different. Both may cause similar chest pain. Pulmonary embolism is a clot in the lung circulation. Heart attack is a clot in the coronary circulation. They can be differentiated by the tests like ECG or ct scan. Read more...

One in 3 people with normal range chloresterol levels will still die of a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, right?

Yes. Why do you ask? These are the three common non-pneumonia, non-cancer killers. There are plenty of other risk factors -- hypertension, diabetes, lack of exercise, smoking, genetics, others. Manage all your risk factors and you're likely to stay healthy longer. Read more...

Scared to be alone or drive alone because I think I will have a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism etc. I have anxiety every day. Help me please?

You have a focused. form of an anxiety disorder. A mental health professional can help you manage your fears. Claire Weekes book "Hope and Help for your Nerves" is an oldie can be helpful. Peace be with you as you make progress. Read more...

I had a pulmonary embolism 4 months ago, they stop the blood thinner, it this mean I can have the risk to have a heart attack???

More info needed. Stopping blood thinners 4months after pulmonary embolism ( PE)does not necessarily increase risk for heart attack. My concern would be the risk for another PE. Without knowing the details of your condition and treatment, we can not fully understand the risks in your situation. Best to talk to your doctor about the decision to discontinue blood thinners. Read more...