Pulmonary Embolism, Follow Preventive Measures Before It’s Too Late!

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Pulmonary Embolism is the presence of clot in lungs and it can be life threatening if not diagnosed or treated in time. In this article we will provide you complete information regarding it so that you can take preventive measures in time to save yourself from regretting later.

Overview

Pulmonary Embolism is a condition in which clot appears in one of the arteries in your lungs. It usually occurs when blood clots travels to the lungs from the legs. It is essential to take all the necessary measures to prevent the emergence of clots in the legs to reduce the chance of getting pulmonary embolism.

Signs and Symptoms

Shortness of breath

One of the obvious signs is problem in breathing especially during exertion. Person feels hard to breathe even if he/she has just climbed few stairs.

Pain in chest

A pain in chest that exceeds during exertion but doesn’t get away when you rest is an alarming sign of it. Person feels like he/she is about to have a heart attack. It gets worse when person coughs, eat, inhale deeply or even bed down.

Appearance of Blood

Presence of blood streaks when a person coughs is an alarming situation.

Swollen legs

Pain in legs accompanied by swelling can also be a sign of presence of clot in the lungs.

Some of the other major signs and symptoms include Fever, Palpitation, Excessive sweating, Dizziness and discolored skin. It is so important to take necessary preventive measures to save yourself from this life-threatening disease.

Following are some of the preventive measures that need to be taken:

Prevention

Blood Thinners

Mostly to prevent this from happening, most hospitals take measures to prevent the emergence of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. For this blood thinning, medication is often recommended.

Compress Stockings

It’s an inexpensive method which slowly squeezes legs making blood move more effectively through veins of your legs. It’s often recommended after general surgery is being done.

Elevate legs

Don’t sit with your legs hanging for long period. Elevate them by either keeping a pillow under them especially at night.

Physically active

Try to stay physically active as it can keep your blood circulation well and will reduce the chance of clotting in the legs. Even after a surgery doctors might recommend you to move as much as possible to recover soon.

Other simple tips for its prevention include:

  • Drink as much fluid as you can to get rid of clots
  • Take breaks while doing a desk job. In a break do a deep knee bends to stretch your muscles.
  • Flex your ankles every now and then

Pulmonary Embolism is life threatening if not diagnosed or treated in time. Above mentioned signs can help you to know your symptoms earlier and when condition is diagnosed the chances of it to hurt you drops dramatically.

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Amina Hameed
Amina is an MBA from Lahore school of economics who had also been a Former Cultural ambassador of Pakistan (USEFP). Amina writes to throw a light on the importance of healthcare system in Pakistan. She is indeed a passionate writer when comes to health, fitness and lifestyle.
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