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Pulmonary Embolism

Will my health insurance policy cover me for Pulmonary Embolism?

What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the blood vessels in the lungs, which happens when part of a blood clot blocks the blood supply to your lungs. Most cases develop when a blood clot travels from the deep veins in your leg and up to your lungs.

Having deep vein thrombosis increases your risk of the condition.

How common is a Pulmonary Embolism?

In the UK every year one in 1,000 people develop deep vein thrombosis. Around one in ten of these people will develop a pulmonary embolism.

Every year, one in every 1,000 people in the UK develops DVT, and around one in 10 people with untreated DVT will develop a pulmonary embolism.

What are the symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism?

Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism may vary depending on size. You may feel very breathless, chest pains with breathing, dizziness, fainting spells and sudden collapse.

How is a Pulmonary Embolism treated?

A pulmonary embolism is treated with drugs that aim to break down the clot causing the problem. The drugs are called anticoagulants, and prevent the blood clots from getting bigger.

To ensure full cover for all investigations choose a policy with full outpatient cover.
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