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Sometimes a blood clot can form in the body after a surgical procedure. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that forms in another part of the body and then travels to the lung and causes a blockage in one of the lung arteries. This can cause a part of the lung tissue to die and depending on how bad the damage is, can cause shortness of breath to even death.
Risk factors for developing a pulmonary embolism is a family tendency, obesity, cancer, blood clotting disease, high platelets, sitting still or lying still for long periods of time, fractures of the pelvis or legs and having had a major operation.
-breathlessness, which often occurs suddenly and for which there is no other explanation such as an asthma attack.
-Sudden pain in your chest.
-blood in your phlegm.
-feeling uncomfortable, nervous and anxious.
In virtually all cases you will need preventive medicine because of the chance of a re-occurrence. This means that most people who have had even a small pulmonary embolus need to go to hospital as an emergency to confirm the diagnosis and to start treatment.
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