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October 20, 2016: Fainting Spells May Indicate A Serious Blood Clot, New Study Finds

Fainting Pulmonary Embolism

According to an Italian study, fainting spells may indicate a blood clot in the lung more often than previously thought. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that 17 percent of the patients with fainting spells also had blood clots in the lung.

These findings are alarming because physicians typically do not check for blood clots when a patient experiences a fainting spell.

Blood Clots, Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is actually a blood clot or blood clots that have traveled to the lungs from another part of the body. These traveling blood clots commonly form in the deep veins of the legs, and are called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Because a PE can block the flow of blood to the lungs, it can be disabling or fatal.

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Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Some pulmonary embolism victims may experience PE symptoms while others may experience no symptoms at all. In addition, some PE victims experience DVT symptoms only. Because a PE is a medical emergency, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any PE or DVT symptoms. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include:

    • Chest pain
    • Sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Cough or cough with blood
    • Wheezing
    • Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
    • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
    • Bluish tint to skin, or paleness
    • Anxiety
    • Sweating
    • Increased or rapid breathing
    • Increased heart rate
    • Fever

Doctors Rarely Suspect Blood Clot as Cause of Fainting Spell

According to Dr. Paolo Prandoni, the leader of the study, current international guidelines for does not emphasize the possibility that the fainting could be caused by a blood clot in the lung. “Hence, when a patient is admitted to a hospital for an episode of syncope, pulmonary embolism — a potentially fatal disease that can be effectively treated — is rarely considered as a possible cause,” explained the report.

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