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Signs and Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

April 26, 2016

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What are the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (PE)?  

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Well, first PE rates have increased 2x in the last decade.  That is scary. We need to make sure we know these signs and symptoms.  They include:  angina -like pain or crushing chest pain, dyspnea, wheezing, rales, decrease in blood pressure, hemoptysis, chronic cough, fever, tachypnea, tachycardia, and diaphoresis.  


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Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dawn T. Gulick, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Widener University in Chester Pennsylvania.  She has been teaching for > 20 years.  Her areas of expertise are orthopedics, sports medicine, modalities, and medical screening.  As a clinician, she has owned a private orthopedic/sports medicine practice.  She also provides athletic training services from the middle school to elite Olympic/Paralympic level.  As a member of the Olympic Sports Medicine Society, Dr. Gulick has provided medical coverage at numerous national and international events.  As a scholar, Dr. Gulick is the author of 4 books (Ortho Notes, Screening Notes, Sport Notes, Mobilization Notes), 4 book chapters, > 50 peer-reviewed publications, and > 100 professional and civic presentations.  She is the developer of a mobile app called iOrtho+ (Apple, Android, & PC versions).  


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