Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and prevalent result of a blood clot, or deep vein thrombosis, which usually begins in the legs, dislodges, and travels to the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. This clot migrating to the lungs can cause sudden cardiac arrest or death. Common mild symptoms include shortness of breath or pain when inhaling, severe cough, and increased heart rate. The interventional radiologist can remove those clots in the pulmonary arteries. Surgical thrombectomy is used in cases of VTE involving limb or life threatening emergencies such as massive pulmonary embolism, and is not routinely used for lower extremity DVT treatment.

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