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Pulmonary embolism

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

See a GP if:

These can be symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

You may also have pain, redness and swelling in 1 of your legs (usually the calf). These are symptoms of a blood clot, also called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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Pulmonary embolism is usually treated in hospital with anticoagulant medicines.

Medical treatments

If your GP thinks you have got a pulmonary embolism, you'll be sent to hospital for further tests and treatment.

At hospital, you'll probably be given an injection of anticoagulant medicine before you get any test results.

Anticoagulants stop blood clots getting bigger and prevent new clots forming.

If tests confirm you have a pulmonary embolism, you'll continue with anticoagulant injections for at least 5 days.

You'll also need to take anticoagulant tablets for at least 3 months.

You can expect to make a full recovery from a pulmonary embolism if it's spotted and treated early.

Read more on the NHS website.