Pulmonary Embolism occurs when a blood clot travels through the body and becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs. This can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated.

Augusta University Medical Center uses a multi-specialty approach to treating Pulmonary Embolisms.  Physicians from interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, and pulmonologists make up a response team, called PERT – Pulmonary Embolism Response Team. These physicians work together to come up with the best treatment plan for you.

Patients who are at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism are:

  • Inactive for long periods of time such as those traveling on a plane
  • Have a history of heart failure or stroke
  • Overweight
  • Using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or taking hormone replacements
  • May have had recent surgery or trauma to a vein.

Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism can be very similar to those of a heart attack and include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Unexplained pain in chest, arm shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Coughing with or without blood
  • Excessive sweating
  • Pale, bluish in skin color
  • Feeling of anxious
  • Wheezing

At Augusta University Medical Center, we are proud to provide this collaborative, innovative approach to care. The PERT team is available to provide emergency care to any patient with a pulmonary embolism 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.