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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Pulmonary Embolism Causes S/s and Diagnose What is it? Pulmonary Embolism is a blockage of an artery in thelungs by fat, air, blood clot, or tumor cells It can be caused by blood clots that ravel to the lungs from the legs or rarely other parts of the body. Factors such as immobility,cancer, and surgery increase risk. s/s: Shortness of breath, chest pain, cough. leg pain or swelling (usually in the calf), cyanosis, excessive sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness. Diagnose: Can be difficult, especially for people with underlying heart or lung disease. Blood tests, chest x-ray, CT scan can be helpful. Treatments are medicines used to thin blood and slow ability to clot, procedures to remove or break up the blood clot. Doctor may suggest a venacava filter.This device keeps blood clots from traveling to the lungs. Treatments Cures There are no permanent cures for pulmonary embolism. Preventions Prevention can be to exercise lower leg muscle during long car trips or airplane trips,take medicines to prevent clots after some types of surgery, visit doctor for regular checkups (scans), use compression stockings to prevent chronic swelling in the legs after surgery Number of people in the US that suffer & how common 60,000-100,000 Americans die of pulmonary embolism. It is the third most common of death in hospitalized patients. Alyssa Soliz
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