My story begins with a returnflight home on a Friday night after a stressful business trip.During the flight, I began to experience multiple symptoms:shortness of breath, rapid and irregular heartbeat, and varyingpain in my calves.

There was some turbulence on theflight, and while I'm not typically affected by it, I attributed mysymptoms to anxiety over a subconscious fear of the plane notlanding safely. But my symptoms continued throughout the night evenafter my safe arrival home, then carried into Saturday and Saturdayevening. When I woke up early Sunday morning and continued toexperience the symptoms, with even more acute pain in my calves, Idid what every self-taught “physician” would do and entered thevarious warning signs into WebMD. WebMD indicated that my likelycondition was a pulmonary embolism and instructed me to call 911 asmy condition was urgent.

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