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Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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