Pathophysiology Of Pulmonary Embolism

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Arterial embolism is a sudden interruption of blood flow to an organ or body part due to a clot (embolus).


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

An embolus is a blood clot or a piece of plaque that acts like a clot. Emboli means more than one clot. If the clot travels from the site where it formed to another location in the body, it is called an embolism.

An arterial embolism may be caused by one or more clots. The clots can get stuck in an artery and block blood flow. The...

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