Pulmonary Embolism

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A man in a blue shirt who may have a pulmonary embolism clutches his chest.

Pulmonary embolism, a blockage in the lung artery, is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires quick intervention and treatment. With symptoms that resemble many other medical conditions, including heart attack and pneumonia, it can be difficult to diagnose. The condition is most commonly associated with pregnancy, and medical conditions including cancer, and is also commonly seen in those with sedentary lifestyles and following long periods of inactivity. If you have any symptoms that suggest pulmonary embolism, such as coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath, it's important to seek emergency medical care immediately.

Yale Medicine provides extraordinary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism. We represent one of the few medical institutions that has a dedicated team of specialists focused on treating pulmonary embolism and who are also involved in cutting-edge research to help advance the management of this condition.