Pulmonary Embolism

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Medusa’s Clot: The Ill Humor of Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is America's least known serial killer and the monster keeps getting away with it, time and time again. It murders with dismaying regularity, often smoothly and with sophistry. The melancholy truth is that approximately 75% of people are in the dark regarding it. It doesn't matter what race you are, what gender you are, what age you are. It is blind to your religion and socio-economic status and deaf to your worldviews. Tall, short, sedentary or active this monster is politically correct as to its choice of victims. Neither Republican nor Democrat has a majority. It could care less.

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 Medusa’s Clot: The Ill Humor of Pulmonary Embolism

IT IS ONE OF THE TOP 10 KILLERS OF AMERICANS annually and yet when you Google the Top Ten Causes of Deaths in the United States, it is AWOL. A minimum of 50,000 people will die every year from it and that figure is probably 50% optimistic. The silent assassin is measured in millimeters and yet it has killed 250 pound athletes made of solid muscle and sinew. It is inexpressibly cruel as it continues to be one of the United States largest health care headaches.

Pulmonary Embolism and Atrial Fibrillation: Two Sides of the Same Coin? A Systematic Review.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common, potentially fatal thrombotic disease. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia, may also lead to thromboembolic complications. Although initially appearing as distinct entities, PE and AF may coexist.

The Clot Spot

The Clot Spot is a non-medical, patient-run, advocacy website that is dedicated to providing pulmonary embolism survivors, their friends, and their families with information about pulmonary embolism recovery. It strives to be the most complete online source of material on pulmonary embolism recovery available for non-medical individuals.

Clot Connect

Clot Connect is an information and outreach project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. Clot Connect provides patients and healthcare professionals connection to clinically relevant education resources on deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, thrombophilia and anticoagulation.


A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot in the lung. It usually comes from smaller vessels in the leg, pelvis, arms, or heart. When a clot forms in the legs or arms, it is referred to as a deep venous thrombosis (DVT).


Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism don't survive. When the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, however, that number drops dramatically.


Causes of pulmonary embolism include prolonged immobilization, medications, smoking, genetic predisposition, an increased number of red blood cells (polycythemia), cancer, pregnancy, surgery, or damage to blood vessel walls.


Pulmonary embolism is uncommon in the general population. People most likely to have a pulmonary embolism are those with risk factors for DVT. There are several risk factors for DVT...

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

A pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm), or PE, is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, usually due to a blood clot that traveled to the lung from a vein in the leg. A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels in the bloodstream to another part of the body is called an embolus.


The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can sometimes be difficult to recognise because they can vary between individuals. However, the main symptoms include: •chest pain – a sharp, stabbing pain that may be worse when you breathe in •shortness of breath – this can come on suddenly or develop gradually •coughing – this is usually dry, but may include coughing up blood or mucus that contains blood •feeling faint, dizzy or passing out.


PE usually happens due to an underlying blood clot in the leg - deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Prompt treatment is important and can be life-saving. Pregnancy, various medical conditions and medicines, immobility and major surgery all increase the risk of a PE. Anticoagulation, initially with heparin and then warfarin, is the usual treatment for PE.


Pulmonary embolism (PE) refers to embolic occlusion of the pulmonary arterial system. The majority of cases result from thrombotic occlusion and therefore the condition is frequently termed pulmonary thrombo-embolism.


The type of clot that is likely to cause a pulmonary embolism usually originates in the veins deep in your muscles. This condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT usually occurs in your leg or pelvic veins; although less commonly it can also sometimes occur in your arm veins.


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PERT Consortium

The Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) Consortium was developed after the initial efforts of a team of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital. The PERT Consortium™ intends to guide and influence pulmonary embolism (PE) care and research in institutions across the U.S. and will be the driving force behind increased survival rates and the future of PE treatment.

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