Pulmonary embolismOverview


A pulmonary embolism is when a blood vessel in your lungs is blocked by a blood clot. Getting treatment quickly can save your life.


Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, difficulty breathing and coughing up blood.


Pulmonary embolism is usually treated in hospital with anticoagulant medicines.

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