A pulmonary embolism refers to a blood clot in the lungs. Depending on its size and severity, the restricted blood flow can damage the lungs and affect other body organs due to decreased blood oxygen levels. Corrielus Cardiology is well equipped to diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism and other heart conditions, especially those caused by deep venous insufficiency. Deep venous insufficiency is characterized by a clot in the main leg artery. When the clot breaks free and travels to the lung, a pulmonary embolism can result.
Symptoms & Causes of Pulmonary Embolism
While symptoms of pulmonary embolism can vary based on the size and location of the lung clot, the most telltale sign is shortness of breath. Patients may experience gradual shortness of breath or a sudden onset. Other symptoms of a pulmonary embolism may involve the following:
- clammy or bluish skin
- chest pain (may extend into arm, jaw, neck, and shoulder)
- irregular heartbeat
- fast breathing
- rapid heartbeat
- spitting up blood
- weak pulse
If you experience shortness of breath or any of the above pulmonary embolism symptoms, please visit Corrielus Cardiology as soon as possible. We want to administer prompt treatment so that you can avoid lung damage.
Treatment of Deep Venous Insufficiency
Dr. Corrielus is an esteemed Philadelphia cardiologist who is known for non-invasive treatments and an integrative approach to cardiac care. When treating deep venous insufficiency and helping patients recover from pulmonary embolism, he develops a tailored treatment plan for each patient. In general, medications may be used to prevent new clots (anticoagulants) or break up an existing clot (thrombolytics). For patients that suffer a pulmonary embolism, it is imperative that they begin a regular exercise program that involves moving the legs. At Corrielus Cardiology, we also ensure each patient understands their specific risk factors for deep venous insufficiency to prevent future complications.
Contact us to schedule you appointment at Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia. We want to be your life-long partner for ideal heart health and ideal optimal well-being.