Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms and Treatment

pulmonary embolism symptoms

One of the greatest health risks that can occur in your body due to unhealthy veins is a pulmonary embolism, otherwise known as a blood clot that moves into your lungs. The damage done by a pulmonary embolism can include restricted blood flow, decreased oxygen, or multiple blood clots. Pulmonary embolisms can be fatal and result in the death of over a third of those who are undiagnosed. Immediate treatment can greatly increase your chances of avoiding significant damage done. Here are the pulmonary embolisms symptoms and treatments:

The Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

The pulmonary embolism symptoms and signs can vary depending on the size of the blood clot and where in the lung it is lodged. Most patients start out with symptoms such as shortness of breath that gradually increases in severity. As the condition increases, you can experience additional signs such as anxiety, clammy skin, irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, weak pulse, restlessness, and more. If you begin to notice any of these potential signs of a pulmonary embolism, stop what you are doing and seek medical attention as soon as possible. By waiting to treat a pulmonary embolism, you are greatly increasing the risk of death.

Treatments for a Pulmonary Embolism

After being formerly diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a variety of treatment options can be considered. The first round of treatments can target the blood clot by attempting to thin the blood. This can be done with anticoagulants or clot dissolvers. These treatment options should be considered for emergency situations due to possible side effects such as bleeding. More direct treatment options can help with the blood vein or valve. Vein filters prevent blood clots from reaching your lungs and are installed in the inferior vena cava. Other treatment options include surgically taking care of the blood clot. A clot removal procedure uses a catheter to suction out blood clots. This method is not completely effective and not the preferred treatment of choice for most physicians.

Choosing the Laser Vein Center

Contact the office of the Laser Vein Center if you believe you are experiencing pulmonary embolism symptoms or looking for treatment. Our highly knowledgeable team is led by Dr. Wright and has years of experience diagnosing and treating pulmonary embolisms. Call today for your free consultation and see what treatment options are currently available for you.