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What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?

What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage caused by a clot in an arteries leading to the lungs, usually originating in a deep vein in the legs, arms, or pelvis.

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Top 6 Risk Factors for Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism (PE)–a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has traveled through the blood system from elsewhere in the body–occurs equally in men and women, but risk increases with age. For every 10 y...

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Quiz: Do You Know the Signs of a Blood Clot?

Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT or blood clot) occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. Part of a clot may break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE) and, possibly, death. Find out if you ...