What is pulmonary embolism?

Published On: May 24 2012 04:57:46 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2012 02:24:32 PM CDT

Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can be life-threatening.


A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of arteries in your lungs. These are usually caused by blood clots that move into your lungs after initially starting in another part of your body.


Signs of pulmonary embolism can include a sudden shortness of breath, chest pain and a cough that may bring up blood.


If you suffer from a pulmonary embolism seek immediate treatment. Anti-clotting medications can help reduce the life-threatening risk of the condition.

For more information, go to http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-embolism/DS00429