Pulmonary Embolism.

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Pulmonary Embolism.

Med Clin North Am. 2019 May;103(3):549-564

Authors: Essien EO, Rali P, Mathai SC

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis. PE is the third most common cause of cardiovascular death worldwide after stroke and heart attack. Management of PE has evolved recently with the availability of local thrombolysis; mechanical extraction devices; hemodynamic support devices, like extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; and surgical embolectomy. There has been development of multidisciplinary PE response teams nationwide to optimize the care of patients with VTE. This review describes the epidemiology of PE, discusses diagnostic strategies and current and emerging treatments for VTE, and considers post-PE follow-up care.

PMID: 30955521 [PubMed - in process]

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