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Signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (a blockage in the artery to the lungs) include chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.
Recognising the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can be difficult because they can vary between individuals. Small clots may cause no noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can include:
Many pulmonary embolisms are caused by a blood clot in the leg, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), travelling towards the lungs. Some people with a pulmonary embolism therefore also have symptoms of DVT, such as pain, redness and swelling in one leg (usually the calf).
You should visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience any combination of the above symptoms.
Dial 999 immediately to ask for an ambulance if your symptoms are severe.