What is Pulmonary Embolism (PE)?
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the arteries in your lungs. It can be caused by a clot that has traveled to the lungs from a deep vein, typically in the legs. It is a serious condition but can be treated.
This is a life-threatening condition. If you are experiencing symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism (PE):
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you take a deep breath or when you cough
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, or fainting
- Rapid pulse
- Coughing up blood
Risk Factors for Pulmonary Embolism
- Family history of clots or PE
- Medical conditions or treatments:
- Heart failure
- Certain cancers
- Disorders that affect blood clotting
- Prolonged immobility like bed rest or long trips
- Being overweight
- Supplemental estrogen-like hormonal birth control
How is Pulmonary Embolism treated?
Treatment for Pulmonary Embolism focuses on promptly breaking up the clot.
- Blood thinners – medication to reduce the bloods ability to clot.
- Clot busters –thrombolytics are clot-dissolving medications
Vascular Care at Guthrie
- Our vascular surgery physicians are specially trained in vascular surgery and are board-certified.
- Guthrie Heart and Vascular Care Center, located in Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, is a state-of-the-art space for heart and vascular surgeries and procedures. Located near the emergency department and ICU, there are private patient rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, and a hybrid operating room. The unit is centered around quick efficient care of our patients.
- Hybrid operating room – a state-of-the-art operating room with real-time, high-resolution digital imaging capabilities allowing for complex surgeries and studies to take place simultaneously with an integrated team of heart and valve specialists.