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Pulmonary Embolism In Detail

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Updated July 31, 2012

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Pulmonary Embolism: Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism can present signs and symptoms that range from barely notable to severe. In fact, some patients only notice the signs of the deep vein thrombosis that led to the pulmonary embolism and not the embolism itself. For this reason, the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis that may seem unrelated to a lung condition, such as calf pain, are included in this list.

  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Coughing
  • Coughing up blood-tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Leg pain
  • One leg that is larger than the other (typically the calf of one leg is swollen)
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling weak
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
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