Pulmonary embolism

Description

In a pulmonary embolism a lung artery, which transports the blood from the heart to the lung tissue, is clogged. For this reason, some doctors also call this a pulmonary artery embolism. Read more.

Causes

Various causes can be considered. A vessel occlusion caused by thrombosis is the main cause. In nine of ten patients, such a blood clot originates from the arteries of the pelvis or legs. Read more.

Symptoms

Depending on the extent of the disease symptoms such as light shortness of breath, strong breathing difficulties or thorax pain can occur. Read more.

Diagnosis

Besides analysis of the clinical history and a physical exam, the doctor will ask you about current symptoms. The doctor focuses on possible risk factors and signs of a thrombosis. Read more.

Treatment & therapy

If you suspect you or someone else has a pulmonary embolism, please contact the emergency doctor immediately. Until then, the patient should move as little as possible. Read more.

Prevention & prognosis

The risk of a pulmonary embolism can be minimized by a series of general measures and medication. The danger posed by a pulmonary embolism depends on its extent and on the health condition of the patient. Read more.