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Key Symptoms For Embolism: Difficulty Breathing, Chest Pain, And Cough

, chest pain, and cough may sound like symptoms of a heart attack; however, new research shows that these are the key symptoms for (PE), a potentially fatal blockage in the lung.

A from Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in , Connecticut, retrospectively reviewed the clinical features, risk factors, and ECG findings in 334 patients with confirmed PE.

Results showed that dyspnea or breathing, chest pain, and cough were present in 72%, 38%, and 19% of the patients, respectively, and dyspnea was the only presenting symptom in 29%.

Cancer was the most common risk factor present in 27%, followed by prior history of deep vein thrombosis or PE, immobilization, and surgery in 19%, 15%, and 15%, respectively.

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This study was presented during CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the , held October 20 – 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.
American College of Chest Physicians