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Pulmonary Embolism

Deep Vein Thrombosis Program
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital

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Phoenix, AZ 85027
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Pulmonary embolism is a serious complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). While not always fatal, the pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of hospital deaths — 60,000 in the United States alone, every year.

Pulmonary Embolism Causes

Why does DVT rank among pulmonary embolism causes? When blood flow slows, due to immobility, it tends to clot. In deep vein thrombosis, blood clots can form in the "deep veins" of the leg — those situated far beneath the "superficial veins" on the surface of the leg.

A piece of this blood clot-related blockage (called an "embolus") can become dislodged and migrate easily to the lungs. The result? A pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Common pulmonary embolism symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sharp, stabbing chest pain that resembles a heart attack. Pain can radiate to the shoulder, arm, neck or jaw. Pain often worsens as one breathes deeply or move around, but won't disappear at rest.
  • Cough that produces blood or blood-streaked phlegm
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Wheezing

Pulmonary Embolism Risk

DVT and pulmonary embolism risk merely underscores the importance of seeking early DVT diagnosis and comprehensive DVT treatment. Learn more about DVT symptoms.

John C. Lincoln's Deep Vein Thrombosis Program offers an innovative DVT treatment, using advanced AngioJet Rheolytic Thrombectomy System.