Medical history for pulmonary embolism

A thorough medical history is an important part of diagnosing pulmonary embolism. The information that you provide can help your doctor develop a general idea of whether you are at increased risk for developing a blood clot that can lead to pulmonary embolism. Your doctor will want to know:

  • Whether you or any immediate family members have a history of developing blood clots.
  • What your general health is and whether you have any other serious medical conditions, such as cancer.
  • Whether you recently have been on a long trip or on an airplane or have been immobilized for a long stretch of time.
  • Whether you are taking any hormone medications, especially birth control pills or estrogen replacement.
  • Whether you have recently had surgery.
  • Whether you have recently had a central venous catheter inserted into a large vein.

Last Updated: January 29, 2009

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology

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