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.