What is the outlook for people with pulmonary embolism?

Though pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can lead to death, the likelihood of survival depends primarily on one thing: whether or not you receive treatment. About 30 percent of people with pulmonary embolism that do not receive treatment will die; this group of people accounts for most of the deaths. However, 95 percent of people who are diagnosed and receive treatment survive, which is a very positive outlook. This difference of survival rates is precisely why it is very important that you seek medical care immediately if you experience any symptoms of pulmonary embolism such as chest pain and trouble breathing.

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