A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot becomes caught in one of the arteries that connect the heart to the lungs. A PE can cause a variety of severe problems, such as damage to the patient’s lungs and low oxygen levels. If the blockage is big enough, or if smaller blood clots clog the artery, a PE can even be fatal.
When a patient exhibits the symptoms of a PE, doctors and medical professionals need to act quickly. Failure to do so could lead to irreversible consequences and could be considered medical malpractice.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
Common symptoms of PE include sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, rapid heart rate, sweating, anxiety, fainting, and heart palpitations. The patient’s life is often in immediate danger when these symptoms are present, and emergency treatment is crucial.
According to the Mayo Clinic, deep vein thrombosis (DTV) occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in a person’s body. It is when the blood clot moves from the thigh, lower leg, or pelvic area to the lungs that it becomes a PE. Certain individuals are at higher risk of developing DTV and PE, and it’s important for doctors and medical professionals to understand a patient’s medical history and recognize PE at any stage. Patients at high risk of developing a PE include those with heart disease, family history of blood clots, pregnant women, and smokers.
If you or a family member have suffered due to a PE, it’s important to seek skilled legal counsel near you. PE-related deaths and injuries are not only devastating, but they can create economic challenges for you and your family. You need the help of a skilled legal team in Maryland.
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