Usually, a pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot travelling up from one of the deep veins in your body, usually in the leg. On this page, we explain what causes a pulmonary embolism and the risk factors for having a pulmonary embolism.
If you’re suspected to have a pulmonary embolism (PE) you should have an assessment to confirm the diagnosis. On this page we explain the different tests you might have if you’re suspected to have a pulmonary embolism.
The best way to prevent a pulmonary embolism is to try and stop blood clots forming in your veins. On this page we explain what you can do to avoid getting a pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood vessel in your lungs becomes blocked. We explain what a pulmonary embolism is, what the common symptoms are and when you should seek medical help.
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