Signs

• The patient may have tachypnea (increased respiratory rate) and tachycardia (increased heart rate).

• The patient may appear diaphoretic (sweaty).

• The patient's neck veins may be distended reflecting increased jugular venous pressure.

• The examiner may hear diminished breath sounds, crackles, wheezes, or pleural friction rub, right ventricular S3, or parasternal lift during auscultation of the lungs.

• In massive PE, the patient may appear cyanotic and hypotensive. In such cases, oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry or arterial blood gas will likely indicate that the patient is hypoxic.

• In the worst cases, the patient may go into circulatory shock and die within minutes.

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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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