Pulmonary Embolism: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (pulmonary artery) which is the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs usually by a blood clot. These blood clots most commonly originate in the deep veins of legs, but they can also come from other parts of the body. This condition is known as deep vein thrombosis.

Recovery Time

Recovering from pulmonary embolism can be a long and painful process it mainly depends upon the severity of the condition.


Pulmonary embolism is commonly detected through the following tests:
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Lung scan
  • Blood tests (including the D-dimer test)
  • Pulmonary angiogram
  • Ultrasound of the leg 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the legs or lungs

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