Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Most cases of pulmonary embolism are initially evaluated in emergency rooms or urgent care centers. If you think you might have a pulmonary embolism, seek immediate medical attention.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about your past medical problems — especially any recent surgeries or illnesses that kept you bedridden for several days
  • Details on any recent journeys that involved long car or plane rides
  • Information about the medical problems of parents or siblings
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

What to expect from your doctor

During the physical exam, your doctor might inspect your legs for evidence of a deep vein clot — an area that's tender, red and warm. He or she will also listen to your heart and lungs and check your blood pressure.

Jan. 02, 2014