Pulmonary embolism is a potentially life-threatening blockage in the arteries of the lungs that restricts the flow of blood and oxygen and requires immediate medical treatment. These blockages are almost always caused by blood clots that form in the veins of the legs, a related condition known as deep vein thrombosis. When untreated, the clots can break loose and travel through the bloodstream until they reach the lungs.
NYU Langone vascular specialists are experienced in recognizing the signs of pulmonary embolism and moving quickly to resolve this dangerous condition using medication, minimally invasive surgical methods, and open surgery. At NYU Langone’s Venous Thromboembolic Center (VTEC), our doctors also pioneer new research and treatment protocols for pulmonary embolism.
Our doctors are experts at saving the lives of people who have pulmonary embolism. They use medications that thin the blood and dissolve clots. They also perform the latest minimally invasive procedures using a catheter to break up or remove clots. To reach life-threatening clots, our surgeons may perform open surgery.
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