Pulmonary Embolism: Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Road to Recovery
Specialized pulmonary care for every patient, at every stage of their journey
Often underdiagnosed, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are serious but preventable medical conditions that affect up to
900,000 people every year in the United States
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What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism—PE for short—is the critical blockage of an artery in the lung. It’s most often caused by a clot elsewhere in the body—typically in the legs—that then travels up into the lungs, blocking blood flow. The blockage can cause serious and near-immediate problems, including lung damage and low oxygen levels. Pulmonary embolisms are the third leading cause of cardiovascular death in the United States.
What are Pulmonary Embolism symptoms?
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can come on rapidly and include:
|Dizziness or lightheadedness|
|Rapid or irregular heartbeat|
|Leg pain and/or swelling|
Who’s at Risk?
Anybody can develop blood clots, but there are certain factors that can increase risk, such as:
Medical disorders that affect clotting
Other Risk Factors
Supplemental estrogen via birth control pills
Receiving hormone replacement therapy
How is a Pulmonary Embolism Treated?
At Texas IPS, our team of dedicated clinicians use a patient-centered approach to evaluate the risk for pulmonary embolism. They treat this condition with compassion, care, and expertise to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient. Our expert physicians can evaluate patients for pulmonary embolism in our conveniently located office, and only if necessary, will treat a patient in the hospital.
Whether a pulmonary embolism is the cause of a hospital admission or one develops during a hospital stay, a PE doesn’t just require acute care at the time of diagnosis—it requires ongoing medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. Choosing a physician who understands PE and can offer long-term, advanced care is key to managing this chronic condition. Texas IPS will provide compassionate care in the convenience of one location.
Texas IPS offers following-day appointments with services like echocardiograms, leg ultrasounds to scan for clots, and electrocardiograms, with scheduled follow-up appointments.
Our expert clinicians can guide patients through treatment, monitor for development of chronic issues, and assess risk for future thrombus development.