A patient is admitted to the hospital for a pulmonary embolism. The nurse assesses the patient knowing that which of the following is commonly reported?


•Sudden chest pain is the most common initial symptom reported. Other symptoms include dyspnea, increased respiratory rate, blood-tinged sputum, tachycardia, anxiety, fever, and diaphoresis.

•Dyspnea can occur at rest or with exertion and has a sudden onset.

•Headaches are not common with a pulmonary embolism.

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