Pulmonary Embolism: Symptom and Causes


  • Sudden shortness of breath 
  • Unexplained sharp pain in your chest, arm, shoulder, neck or jaw. 
  • Pale, clammy or bluish-colored skin 
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat (pulse) 
  • Cough with or without bloody sputum (mucus) 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Feeling anxious, light-headed, faint
  • Wheezing 


Any condition that makes your blood sticky or slows down circulation in the veins of your legs may lead to pulmonary embolism. Other risk factors include:
  • Inactive for long periods of time 
  • History of heart failure or stroke
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Recent trauma or injury to a vein, possibly after a recent surgery, fracture or due to varicose veins
  • Are pregnant or have given birth in the previous 6 weeks
  • Take birth control pills (oral contraceptives) or hormone replacement therapy
  • Placement of central venous catheters through the arm or leg
  • Smoking 

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