Rapper Heavy D died from it, tennis extraordinaire Serena Williams suffered from it in January this year, and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers had it as well.
The National Institutes of Health states,“30 percent of those with untreated pulmonary embolism, will die.”
Pulmonary embolism is no laughing matter and as a PE patient (or concerned person) you want to know the risk factors and if there are prevention measures, but first, knowing what pulmonary embolism is the key to understanding the risks.
According to the Mayoclinic.org, “Pulmonary embolism is the blockage of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.”
The clot will typically begin in the leg(and sometimes pelvic area). The clot will then “break off and travel through the heart and into the lung arteries.“
Before delving into the risk factors, there are warning signs of pulmonary embolism. They are:
- Shortness of breath especially due to exertion.
- A pain in the chest that when you inhale deeply, causes sharp pains(pleurisy).
- Coughs that produce bloody sputum.
PE can be something else entirely; it is always a good idea to seek medical help right away. For instance, a shortness of breath …Continue reading