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Pulmonary embolism


Common, life-threatening condition


Pulmonary embolism
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During recovery from your hip replacement surgery, your surgical team seemed concerned about blood flow in your legs. The staff had you up and walking sooner than you had expected, and you were put on a blood-thinning medication to prevent blood clots.

These post-surgical steps may sometimes seem like a lot of fuss, but they're very important for preventing a potentially life-threatening problem called pulmonary embolism. This most commonly occurs when fragments of a blood clot (emboli) in a leg vein break loose and travel through your bloodstream to a lung. Once there, the clot fragments can become lodged in a blood vessel, cutting off critical blood flow through the lung.



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