Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the pulmonary arteries caused by the blood clot. Patients with pulmonary embolism may present with various symptoms such as seizures, syncope, fever, abdominal pain, wheezing, etc. Diagnosis include D-dimer testing and CT. It is treated with anticoagulants such as warfarin and thrombolytic agents.

Causes of pulmonary embolism include prolonged immobilization, medications, smoking, genetic predisposition, an increased number of red blood cells (polycythemia), cancer, pregnancy, surgery, or damage to blood vessel walls. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a cough that produces bloody sputum. If not treated promptly, pulmonary embolism may lead to sudden death.

Related Journals of Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine,  Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology, BMC Pulmonary Medicine, Clinical Medicine Insights: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.

 

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