Late last month, Tasmanian mother-of-five Cass Whitehill went to the Royal Hobart Hospital with chest pain and shortness of breath, which she knew were symptoms of blood clots in her lungs.

She said hospital staff told her the symptoms were from gas trapped in her abdomen following recent surgery and sent her home with a prescription for painkillers.

As the pain worsened over the next few days, Ms Whitehill looked up her online My Health Record and saw a CT scan conducted at the hospital had actually detected two blood clots in her lungs, called pulmonary embolisms, and a doctor had noted it on the report.

Ms Whitehill is studying to become a nurse and has suffered pulmonary embolisms before, so she knew the condition could be fatal.

"They're a life-threatening, acute condition that need emergency management," she said.

"I walked around for two weeks thinking I had trapped gas when I had these two ticking time bombs inside my body that could have moved into my brain and caused a stroke or anything like that, which is really quite scary."

Cass Whitehill using a laptop computer.

Cass Whitehill is studying nursing and said she was aware of the seriousness of her condition.(ABC News: Jordan Young)

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