Serena Williams Hospitalised

 According to People magazine, tennis superstar Serena Williams has been hospitalized with a blood clot (pulmonary embolism) in her lungs.

As I told you in several Medical Minute posts, a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels from the legs up a major vein that empties blood into the heart and lungs. If that clot becomes trapped in the lungs, it impedes the flow of blood around it causing oxygen starvation to the surrounding cells, leading to respiratory distress and sudden death.

 

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