Evaluation of B-type natriuretic peptide to predict complicated pulmonary embolism in patients aged 65 years and older: brief report.

@article{Ray2006EvaluationOB,
  title={Evaluation of B-type natriuretic peptide to predict complicated pulmonary embolism in patients aged 65 years and older: brief report.},
  author={Patrick Ray and Franck Maziere and Sassi Medimagh and Yannick Lefort and Martine Arthaud and Alexandre Duguet and Ant{\'o}nio Teixeira and Bruno Riou},
  journal={The American journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={603-7}
}
PURPOSES We evaluated the use of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels for risk stratification in elderly patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). BASIC PROCEDURES Bedside BNP assay was performed blindly at admission in consecutive patients older than 65 years with acute PE. A complicated PE was defined as any of the following: death, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, use of vasopressors, thrombolysis, surgical embolectomy, or admission in intensive care unit… CONTINUE READING

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