Acute pulmonary embolism: part I: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis.

@article{Goldhaber2003AcutePE,
  title={Acute pulmonary embolism: part I: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis.},
  author={Samuel Z. Goldhaber and Charles Gregory Elliott},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2003},
  volume={108 22},
  pages={2726-9}
}
This New Frontiers article reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) in 2 parts. In this first section we summarize the mechanisms of right ventricular dysfunction, arterial hypoxemia, and other abnormalities of gas exchange. For diagnosis, we streamline and expedite the work-up. For the second part we provide a contemporary approach to risk stratification to determine which patients may warrant intervention beyond use of heparin… CONTINUE READING
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