The symptoms of pulmonary embolism are clear, but it’s still one of the leading causes of preventable deaths during hospitalization. The condition occurs when a blood clot blocks the pulmonary arteries in a patient’s lungs. These blood clots can travel to the lungs from the legs, arms, other other parts of the body. Pulmonary embolism is life-threatening and requires precise and timely treatment administered by medical professionals.
Any person can develop blood clots that lead to pulmonary embolism, but certain factors can increase a patient’s risk. If members of your family have had venous blood blots of pulmonary embolism, you are at higher risk of developing the condition. Other common risk factors include heart disease, certain cancers, and surgery. Patients who have undergone surgery that lasted for several hours are at a higher risk of developing pulmonary embolism.
The symptoms of pulmonary embolism can vary depending on the size of the clot and the patient’s medical history. Common symptoms include but are not limited to shortness of breath, severe chest pain, fever, and discolored skin. Medical professionals are trained to recognize the symptoms of pulmonary embolism, and many people survive if the condition is diagnosed in a timely manner and treated appropriately.
Failure to Diagnose or Treat
If you or someone close to you has been injured as a result of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose or treat a blood clot, you could be entitled to compensation. It’s important for you to reach out to a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer you can help you with your case. Whether the medical professional failed to recognize the pulmonary embolism or failed to treat the condition, they have deviated from the standard of care and caused harm to you or a loved one.
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