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How do you know if you got a blood clot in the lungs?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Many symptoms
The usual complaints would be shortness of breath, pain, a rapid pulse, symptoms of dizziness or fainting, general sense of doom, impending sense of doom or death, and many other symptoms.
One may not know that he or she has had a clot. Symptoms can be severe or minor or minimal. A high index of suspicion is often needed and the clinic history and setting may tell. There are specific tests too.

In brief: Many symptoms
The usual complaints would be shortness of breath, pain, a rapid pulse, symptoms of dizziness or fainting, general sense of doom, impending sense of doom or death, and many other symptoms.
One may not know that he or she has had a clot. Symptoms can be severe or minor or minimal. A high index of suspicion is often needed and the clinic history and setting may tell. There are specific tests too.
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Dr. Neil Halin
The two most common tests to look for clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism) are ventilation/perfusion or V/Q scan (a nuclear medicine scan) or a CT Pulmonary Arteriogram (CTPAgram). The first is done by having you breath some slightly radioactive gas and then having an injection of slightly radioactive medicine that shows where blood and air are going, the second involves injection of contrast and a CT scan (x-rays) to see the blood vessels in the lung.
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