Pulmonary embolisms are the second leading cause of death in the United States. This is the result of a blood clot that passes into the heart and the lungs. Many times leading up to this a person will have symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing or evidence that they may have a deep vein thrombosis, which is a pain and swelling typically in the legs.
Many people have a predisposition to pulmonary embolism which could include those women who are pregnant, people who have a sedentary lifestyle, people who have had recent leg surgery and others. When these people go to the emergency room with these symptoms, the doctors need to be able to diagnose them properly and certain tests need to be run to make sure they are or are not having a pulmonary embolism. A failure to diagnose this timely can result in death.
A failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism is a potential basis for a medical malpractice claim against the medical facility where it occurred.
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