World Thrombosis Day

The global world thrombosis day movement

Think Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Pulmonary embolism, or PE, is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage usually is caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein in the leg, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels in the bloodstream to another part of the body is called an embolus.

PE is a serious condition that can:

  •     Damage part of your lung because of a lack of blood flow to your lung tissue. This damage may lead to pulmonary hypertension (increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries).
  •     Cause low oxygen levels in your blood.
  •     Damage other organs in your body because of a lack of oxygen.

If a blood clot is large, or if there are many clots, PE can cause death.

A recent World Thrombosis Day Ipsos survey showed little awareness of PE. The time is NOW to educate your family, friends and colleagues.

Signs and Symptoms

Be proactive. If you have a concern, contact your health care professional immediately.