Embolism


A sudden blocking of an artery.

Overview

An embolism is the sudden blocking of an artery. This may be caused by a mass of clumped blood (clot), fat, or an air bubble.

Symptoms

Weakness, pain, numbness, and coolness of the arms or legs are some symptoms.

Treatments

An embolism can be life-threatening, blocking blood flow to the brain, heart, or lungs. Prompt medical treatment reduces risk of death.


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