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Acute Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism can vary depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clots, and your overall health. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath that typically appears suddenly and worsens with exertion
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breathing (pleurisy), cough, eating, bending or stooping
  • Cough that produces bloody sputum

Other signs and symptoms that can occur with pulmonary embolism include: leg pain or swelling (usually in the calf), clammy or discolored skin (cyanosis), fever, excessive sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat and dizziness.

IMPORTANT: Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, or a cough that produces bloody sputum.