Pulmonary Embolism Risk Factors and Warning Signs

If you have pain when you are breathing, you may be at immediate risk for a pulmonary embolism if you also have: Pain deep in one leg for no clear reason. This can be a sign of a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) that could travel to the lungs. A history of problems with blood clots, such as deep vein…

Pulmonary Embolism Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Pulmonary Embolism Risk Factors and Warning Signs

If you have pain when you are breathing, you may be at immediate risk for a pulmonary embolism if you also have:

  • Pain deep in one leg for no clear reason. This can be a sign of a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) that could travel to the lungs.
  • A history of problems with blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis or a previous pulmonary embolism.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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