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Pulmonary embolism

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Introduction
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the artery that transports blood to the lungs (pulmonary artery). It is usually caused by a blood clot.
Symptoms of pulmonary embolism
Signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the artery that transports blood to the lungs) include chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.
Causes of pulmonary embolism
A pulmonary embolism occurs when the artery that transports blood to the lungs (pulmonary artery) becomes blocked.
Diagnosing pulmonary embolism
Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism can be difficult because the signs and symptoms vary between individuals and are common to many other conditions.
Treating pulmonary embolism
The main treatment for a pulmonary embolism is a type of medication called an anticoagulant, which stops your blood clotting easily.
Preventing pulmonary embolism
If you are at risk of developing blood clots, there are a number of things that may be recommended to help prevent a pulmonary embolism.
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