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What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Symptom...
Pulmonary embolism can occur without any symptoms.
Some symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, racing heart, etc. The person may have a low oxygen level. If this diagnosis is suspected, go to the er immediately since this can be life-threatening.

In brief: Symptom...
Pulmonary embolism can occur without any symptoms.
Some symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, racing heart, etc. The person may have a low oxygen level. If this diagnosis is suspected, go to the er immediately since this can be life-threatening.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Ken Starnes
General Practice
4 doctors agree
In brief: Varied
Larger emboli cause shortness of breath (dyspenea), pleuritic chest pain, or both.
Dyspnea may be intermittent or occur only with exercise. Less common symptoms include cough and coughing up blood. The first symptom in an elderly patient may be altered mental status. Massive pe may show low bp, rapid heart rate, fainting, or cardiac arrest. It's a medical emergency and should be taken seriously.

In brief: Varied
Larger emboli cause shortness of breath (dyspenea), pleuritic chest pain, or both.
Dyspnea may be intermittent or occur only with exercise. Less common symptoms include cough and coughing up blood. The first symptom in an elderly patient may be altered mental status. Massive pe may show low bp, rapid heart rate, fainting, or cardiac arrest. It's a medical emergency and should be taken seriously.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Chest pain, dyspnea
The usual symptoms are shortness of breath and chest pain.
If any of these happens suddenly, go to the er immediately. Two very serious causes (among many causes) are heart attack and pulmonary embolism. If either of these, time is of the essence.

In brief: Chest pain, dyspnea
The usual symptoms are shortness of breath and chest pain.
If any of these happens suddenly, go to the er immediately. Two very serious causes (among many causes) are heart attack and pulmonary embolism. If either of these, time is of the essence.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Several
Most common shortness of breath and or chest pain of sudden onset.
Weakness, passing out, coughing blood, low grade fever, feeling a stab in the chest when breathing, palpitation are all possible symptoms.

In brief: Several
Most common shortness of breath and or chest pain of sudden onset.
Weakness, passing out, coughing blood, low grade fever, feeling a stab in the chest when breathing, palpitation are all possible symptoms.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Symptoms
Common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, cough.
You can also develop a rapid heart beat.

In brief: Symptoms
Common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, cough.
You can also develop a rapid heart beat.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
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Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Chest pain
Chest pain, shortness of breath are the most common.
Coughing up blood, mild fever can also happen. Fast heart rate may be another sign. You will feel more winded while walking.

In brief: Chest pain
Chest pain, shortness of breath are the most common.
Coughing up blood, mild fever can also happen. Fast heart rate may be another sign. You will feel more winded while walking.
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
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