4 Major Symptoms Of Pulmonary Embolism And Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Developing It
Blood clots can form in any blood vessel in your body. They can remain where they formed (these are called thrombi) or can break off and travel to another body part or organ and create a blockage. When such blood clot gets to your lungs, it leads to pulmonary embolism.
What is pulmonary embolism and how many people are affected by it?
Pulmonary embolism is a dangerous condition in which an artery in your lungs becomes blocked. The most common cause of a blockage is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in your leg or other body part (deep vein thrombosis). It travels to the lungs and lodges in an artery there. Sometimes, an air bubble, part of tumor, collagen or other tissue, or fat from bone marrow from a broken bone can block an artery in the lungs.