A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot in the pulmonary artery, which is the blood vessel that transports blood from the heart to the lungs.
About one in 10 people with an untreated deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develops a severe Pulmonary Embolism.
A pulmonary embolism is the most serious complication of DVT. It happens when a piece of blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, where it blocks one of the blood vessels. In severe cases this can be fatal.
Symptoms may be dependent on the size of the clot:
- if the clot is small, it might not cause any symptoms
- a medium sized clot can cause chest pain and breathing difficulties
- a large clot can cause the lungs to collapse, resulting in heart failure, which can be fatal
If you or a loved one have been affected by a misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosed Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and would like to discuss the possibility of bringing a compensation claim, please call our Clinical and Medical Negligence Lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat, or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.