Pulmonary Embolism Medical Mistake

Have You Suffered an Embolism After a Medical Procedure?

All surgical procedures—even simple, elective surgeries—carry some degree of risk. One of those risks is a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in the lungs. Such clots typically develop in the deep veins of the legs—a condition known as Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT).

If these clots travel to the lungs, they can completely block an artery. This condition is known as a Pulmonary Embolism.

Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism:

  • Chest Pain
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Shortness of Breath

A pulmonary embolism can create serious—even fatal—health risks for a patient. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek medical attention right away for a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

Pulmonary Embolism in a Hospital Setting

A leading cause of preventable hospital deaths is pulmonary embolism—especially for patients who are still for long periods. Unfortunately, death or brain damage can occur within 30 minutes of the first symptoms. For these patients, anticoagulation therapy can reduce a patient’s risk.

Pulmonary Embolism Caused by Birth Control

In some cases, women taking Yaz or Yasmin for birth control have suffered a pulmonary embolism. Research shows women who take these drugs are 6.3 times more likely to develop embolism—a fact resulting in numerous lawsuits.