~A Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clump of material, most often a blood clot, gets wedged into an artery in your lungs.
~Common symptoms include Shortness of breath, chest pain (sharp and stabbing), and cough with possible bloody or streaked sputum.
~Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, especially in people who have underlying heart or lung disease.
Causes of Pulmonary Embolisms
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the formation of blood clots in the vein. When a blood clot reaches a place where it can block blood flow a Pulmonary Embolism can follow. The CDC estimates that the first symptom for 25% of people suffering from a pulmonary embolism is sudden death. That makes this condition a big red flag for doctors and prevention in high-risk groups should be a priority. Each year an estimated 60,000- 100,000 Americans die from a pulmonary embolism.
There are genetic disorders and age factors that increase the risk of VTE but an often-overlooked cause is long distance travel. Passengers on flights lasting longer than 4 hours increase their risk of developing a blood clot without proper stretching or periods of standing. This is true of all travel methods that have extended periods of sitting with little to no breaks.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolisms
The official watch list of symptoms from the CDC has six items:
- Difficulty breathing
- Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain or discomfort, which usually worsens with a deep breath or coughing
- Coughing up blood
- Lightheadedness, or fainting
Doctors who see a patient exhibiting these symptoms have cause to order further testing to determine if an embolism has occurred. Since this is a common and often deadly situation – doctors are trained to be vigilant and misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis could be medical malpractice.
File A Medical Malpractice Case
If you or a loved one suffered an embolism and did not receive care due to an initial misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis you may have a medical malpractice case. Call our law firm at 855-90-4INJURY and we will provide a free case evaluation and never charge you a penny unless we win damages for you.