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What is a pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or, rarely, other parts of the body (deep vein thrombosis).
Because the clots block blood flow to the lungs, pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. However, prompt treatment greatly reduces the risk of death. Taking measures to prevent blood clots in your legs will help protect you against pulmonary embolism.
Signs and Symptoms
Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clots, and whether you have underlying lung or heart disease.
Common signs and symptoms include:
Link to scleroderma
A study has been conducted to examine the link between pulmonary embolism (PE) and scleroderma (SSc). Sara R. Schoenfeld and colleagues evaluated the risk of PE according to SSc duration based on data from an unselected general population database that includes all residents of British Columbia, Canada. In total, 1,245 SSc patients (83 percent female, mean age of 56) were assessed.
Researchers found that SSc was associated with a threefold increased risk for PE, DVT, and VTE, particularly in the first year following SSc diagnosis.