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Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

Posted on January 5, 2016 11:02 pm under Bard G2 IVC Filters

Pulmonary embolism is a condition in which a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs travels through the bloodstream, goes into the lungs, and blocks an artery. According to MedicineNet, the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include the following:

  • A cough that produces hemoptysis (bloody sputum)
  • A profound pain in the chest that gets worse while taking deep breaths
  • Shortness of breath that increasingly gets worse during activity

Signs of pulmonary embolism may show when an individual’s vital signs become abnormal due to the restriction of blood flow in the lungs and can vary depending on how severely lung tissue is affected. MedicineNet listed the following as possible signs indicating the presence of a pulmonary embolism:

  • Tachycardia or elevated heart rate
  • Tachypnea or elevated breathing rate
  • Bluish discoloration of skin and mucus membrane due to a decrease in oxygen saturation
  • Hypotension or decrease in blood pressure

Pulmonary embolism can be prevented by using inferior vena cava filters, but ironically, some IVC filters, like Bard G2 IVC filters, have caused artery blockages in some patients. If you think your pulmonary embolism was caused by faulty Bard G2 IVC filters, contact our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling us at (414) 271-0900 and learn more about what we can do for you.