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Treating and Preventing Pulmonary Embolisms

Pulmonary embolisms occur when an artery in your lung gets blocked.

They’re the fourth leading cause of cardiovascular deaths in the U.S. They’re also a common cause of deaths in hospitals. Symptoms include:

  • Chest pain or heaviness, especially pain that comes on suddenly
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Swollen legs

Pulmonary embolisms are more common in older people. They tend to be triggered by sitting or lying down for a long period of time.

In this week’s podcast, Aditya M. Sharma, MBBS, explains how you can prevent these blocked arteries and how they’re treated.

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