When should I call the doctor after having a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)?

You will need to contact 911 or go to the emergency room if any of the following things happen after you go home:

  • Feeling very short of breath very suddenly
  • Fainting
  • Chest pains

The first three might be symptoms of something called pericardial effusion, which means that fluid is building up around the heart. This does happen sometimes.

Other symptoms that mean you should call a doctor include:

  • Extreme pain, or pain that gets worse after having gotten better
  • Signs of infection like fever, drainage, or redness/tenderness
  • Rapid heartbeat

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