Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms: 

The severity of a pulmonary embolism can vary greatly depending on your health and the size of the clot in your lung. Shortness of breath, whether sudden or gradual, is the most common symptom. Taking steps to prevent one is best, but emergency treatment can save your life in the event of a pulmonary embolism. Other common symptoms include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Coughing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Weak pulse

Pulmonary Embolism Risk Factors:

The blood clots that typically cause a pulmonary embolism form for several reasons. The most common cause is a condition called deep vein thrombosis. Other conditions that could increase your risk of a pulmonary embolism include:
  • Cancer
  • Family history
  • Leg or hip fracture
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Taking estrogen or testosterone

Pulmonary Embolism Treatment 

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Home PT/INR Testing

If you are taking blood thinners to avoid clotting, weekly PT/INR self-testing  could reduce  the risk of your blood clotting by providing reliable, real-time results from home. Lincare's mdINR program allows you to check your PT/INR levels at home rather than going to your practitioner's office or a lab. You also receive immediate counseling and education.

How We Can Help

Patients who receive a manufactured valve will almost always require a blood-thinning medication for the rest of their lives. The blood thinner will keep clots from forming. Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve can be challenging, but you're not in it alone. Lincare’s affiliates are here for you and provide at Home PT/INR Testing. The INR Testing program may improve health-related quality of life while receiving the medical treatment you need.
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