First Aid For Pulmonary Embolism!!!
Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot — usually from the veins of your leg or pelvis — lodges in a pulmonary artery of your lung. The lung tissue served by the artery doesn’t get enough blood flow, causing tissue death. This makes it more difficult for your lungs to provide oxygen to the rest of your body.
Signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include:
Sudden, sharp chest pain often accompanied by shortness of breath
Sudden, unexplained shortness of breath, even without pain
Cough that may produce blood-streaked sputum
Rapid heartbeat associated with shortness of breath
Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. As with a suspected heart attack, call for emergency medical assistance immediately
First aid include
1. Call for emergency medical assistance. Don’t “tough out” the symptoms of a heart attack for more than five minutes. If you don’t have access to emergency medical services, have someone, such as a neighbor or friend, drive you to the nearest hospital. Drive yourself only as a last resort, if there are absolutely no other options. Driving yourself puts you and others at risk if your condition suddenly worsens.
2. Chew a regular-strength aspirin. Aspirin reduces blood clotting, which can help blood flow through a narrowed artery that’s caused a heart attack. However, don’t take aspirin if you are allergic to aspirin, have bleeding problems or take another blood-thinning medication, or if your doctor previously told you not to do so.
3. Take nitroglycerin, if prescribed. If you think you’re having a heart attack and your doctor has previously prescribed nitroglycerin for you, take it as directed. Don’t take anyone else’s nitroglycerin.
4. Begin CPR on the person having a heart attack, if directed. If you don’t know CPR, begin pushing hard and fast on the person’s chest over the heart — about 100 compressions a minute.