Lung and respiratory problems

Pulmonary embolism

(Blood clot in the lung)

  • Also known as
  • PE

About Pulmonary embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The cause is usually a blood clot in the leg called a deep vein thrombosis that breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lung. Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can cause

  • Permanent damage to the affected lung
  • Low oxygen levels in your blood
  • Damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen

If a clot is large, or if there are many clots, pulmonary embolism can cause death.

Half the people who have pulmonary embolism have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood.

Symptoms of Pulmonary embolism
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Warmth, swelling, or redness of one leg

Top Medications for Pulmonary embolism according to our users

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All Medications for Pulmonary embolism

  • Coumadin
    (warfarin)
    Prescription only

    Coumadin (warfarin) is a cheap and effective medicine that prevents new blood clots. It requires regular blood tests and you'll need to eat, exercise, and take your medicines consistently.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Coumadin
    (warfarin)
    Prescription only

    Coumadin (warfarin) is a cheap and effective medicine that prevents new blood clots. It requires regular blood tests and you'll need to eat, exercise, and take your medicines consistently.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Heparin
    Prescription only

    Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Pradaxa
    (dabigatran)
    Prescription only

    Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Pulmonary embolism

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Listen to your doctor and follow their advice. This is a treatable condition.
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Staying relatively consistent with your daily habits/patterns