News outlets across the country reported the disturbing information about tennis champion Serena Williams being rushed to the hospital for an emergency treatment. We discovered the reason was Williams has Pulmonary Embolism. How is this possible?
Here’s what Associated Press reported:
If you’re curious to what this is, AOLHealth gives a detailed breakdown of pulmonary embolism, symptoms and causes, etc. Continue reading below to get more information.
What is Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot . In most cases, the clots are small and are not deadly, but they can damage the lung. But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to the lung, it can be deadly. Quick treatment could save your life or reduce the risk of future problems.
What are the most common symptoms?
- Sudden shortness of breath.
- Sharp chest pain that is worse when you cough or take a deep breath.
- A cough that brings up pink, foamy mucus.
Pulmonary embolism can also cause more general symptoms. For example, you may feel anxious or on edge, sweat a lot, feel lightheaded or faint, or have a fast heart rate or palpitations.
If you have symptoms like these, you need to see a doctor right away, especially if they are sudden and severe.