If an Illinois patient begins to experience shortness of breath, sudden chest pains or begins to cough up blood, there is a chance that they could be suffering from a pulmonary embolism. If a pulmonary embolism is not diagnosed in a timely manner, the condition may be fatal.
A pulmonary embolism is serious because this blockage in a lung can damage the lung and even other organs, but Illinois residents should know that it is treatable. Pulmonary embolisms are usually blood clots that travel from a leg vein to the lung, and it is important to stop a blood clot from growing and to prevent new clots.
As Illinois residents know, there are many medical situations when time is critical, and this is true with pulmonary embolism. Getting to an emergency room and obtaining a correct diagnosis makes a difference in terms of outcome. Pulmonary embolisms happen when blood clots break off and move to the lungs, usually from the lower extremity or hip area. Such blood clots may happen when an individual does not move for long periods such as on a long car trip or airplane flight. It also might occur after surgery or accidents. Individuals with a history of clotting problems, heart surgery, myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer or estrogen use have a higher risk.
The family of an Illinois woman who died from a pulmonary embolism has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. On June 10, an administrator of the deceased woman's estate filed a wrongful death claim against Specialty Physicians of Illinois LLC, Loyola University Medical Center and the doctor who discharged the woman shortly before her death.