Preparing for your appointment

Most cases of pulmonary embolism are initially evaluated in hospitals, 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
  • Medications you're taking
  • 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 swollen, tender, red and warm. He or she will also listen to your heart and lungs and check your blood pressure.

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