Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition. As you can see from this diagram, it can be devastating should a clot form in one or both branches of the pulmonary arteries. Saddle pulmonary embolism commonly refers to a large pulmonary embolism that straddles the bifurcation of the pulmonary trunk extending to the left and right pulmonary arteries. If a patient has a saddle PE that includes both branches of the pulmonary arteries, it can be life-threatening. Your patient may not be able to talk to explain how they are feeling, but they may appear clinically agitated. Know the signs and recognise a saddle PE early.
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