What Is Massive Pulmonary Embolism?

Q:
What is massive pulmonary embolism?

A:
Massive pulmonary embolism refers to an embolus in an artery of the lung, either in the primary artery or one of its branches.

The embolus will obstruct blood flow to the lungs and eventually the heart.

Common symptoms of massive pulmonary embolism are breathing difficulties and heart palpitations, which are often neglected because of their mildness.

In severe cases of massive pulmonary embolism, surgery which is called pulmonary thrombectomy should be required.

In less severe cases that is not deemed to be life-threatening, blood-thinning drugs would be enough, like the anticoagulants warfarin and heparin.

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