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  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

  • Patient Information

  • 201-833-3300

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  • 201-833-3187

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  • 201-833-7040

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  • 201-833-3352

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Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious condition that can be fatal. It occurs when a blood clot travels from another area of the body – known as deep vein thrombosis – and settles in the lung, blocking the oxygen supply and causing heart failure.


  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Sharp chest pain
  • Bloody sputum (coughing up blood)
  • Rapid pulse
  • Fainting


Individuals who experience any of the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism should seek medical care immediately.

Pulmonary embolisms are typically treated with medications to break up the clot. But when a PE is life threatening, Holy Name Medical Center's Interventional Radiologists may guide a catheter to the clot to take it out or deliver medication that will dissolve it. Rarely, surgery is used to remove the clot.


  • This procedure rapidly brakes up the clot, restoring blood flow.
  • It has a low complication rate.
  • Pain and swelling are reduced