Early anticoagulation is associated with reduced mortality for acute pulmonary embolism.

@article{Smith2010EarlyAI,
  title={Early anticoagulation is associated with reduced mortality for acute pulmonary embolism.},
  author={Sean B. Smith and Jeffrey B. Geske and Jennifer M Maguire and Nicholas A. Zane and Rickey E. Carter and Timothy I Morgenthaler},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2010},
  volume={137 6},
  pages={1382-90}
}
BACKGROUND Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) may be rapidly fatal if not diagnosed and treated. IV heparin reduces mortality and recurrence of PE, but the relationship between survival and timing of anticoagulation has not been extensively studied. METHODS We studied 400 consecutive patients in the ED diagnosed with acute PE by CT scan angiography and treated in the hospital with IV unfractionated heparin from 2002 to 2005. Patients received heparin either in the ED or after admission. Time from… CONTINUE READING
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