Pulmonary embolism is a blocked artery in your lung. It’s usually caused by blood clots that travel from the leg to the lungs and can be life-threatening.
About half of people with a pulmonary embolism don’t have symptoms, but people who do may notice:
Left untreated, pulmonary embolism can lead to permanent lung damage and a serious, but rare, condition called chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED). CTED occurs when a blood clot is not reabsorbed by your body, which can damage the blood vessels in your lungs. This makes it difficult for blood to flow normally and increases strain on the right side of your heart.
Fewer than 4% of people with pulmonary embolism develop CTED, according to the American College of Cardiology. However, patients who do require surgery. MultiCare pulmonologists are skilled at procedures needed to treat this rare disease.
Pulmonary embolism is diagnosed with imaging and blood tests. Treatments include:
Our experienced pulmonologists will evaluate your current health and condition to find the best treatment option for you.