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:

Chest pain/pressure
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Leg pain and/or swelling
Clammy skin

Who’s at Risk?

Anybody can develop blood clots, but there are certain factors that can increase risk, such as:

Medical Conditions/Treatments

Heart disease

Certain cancers


Recent surgeries

Medical disorders that affect clotting

Prolonged Immobility

Bed rest

Long trips

Other Risk Factors


Being overweight


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.

We’re home to some of San Antonio’s Top Pulmonary Embolism Experts

Charles J. Burch, MD

Pulmonary Care
Critical Care
Pulmonary Hypertension
Lung Nodule/Cancer Clinic

Jairo A. Melo, MD

Pulmonary Care & Critical Care
Sleep Medicine
Pulmonary Hypertension
Lung Nodule/Cancer Clinic

Ana Carolina Garza, MD

Pulmonary Care
Critical Care

Gustavo Gabino Miranda, MD

Pulmonary Care
Critical Care
Lung Nodule/Cancer Clinic

Craig Ainsworth, MD

Hospital Based Intensivist

Jeffrey Dellavolpe, MD

Hospital Based Intensivist

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