Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include difficulty breathing, chest pain on inspiration, palpitations or transient loss of consciousness, and exhaustion.  Clinical signs include low blood oxygen saturation, cyanosis (blue lips), rapid breathing, and a fast heart rate. PE can lead to abnormally low blood pressure, collapse, and even sudden death.

Although the signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism are well known, they can be subtle and often masquerade as other illnesses; therefore, PE may go unrecognized. Determining a diagnosis is a challenge only further exacerbated by the fact that patients can develop a PE in any department of a hospital. However, it is important to note that Pulmonary embolism can be prevented with proper awareness of the risk factors and prophylactic measures.