Symptoms of pulmonary embolism
The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can sometimes be difficult to recognise because they can vary between different people.
The main symptoms are chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing and feeling faint or even passing out.
If you or someone you care for has a combination of these symptoms:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- coughing, including coughing up blood
- feeling dizzy or faint
Don’t delay: call 999 for an ambulance.
A blood clot in your leg can break off and travel to your lungs, so other warning signs could include a painful, red or swollen leg. Ask your doctor or go to A&E in these circumstances.