Late outcomes after acute pulmonary embolism: rationale and design of FOCUS, a prospective observational multicenter cohort study

@inproceedings{Konstantinides2016LateOA,
  title={Late outcomes after acute pulmonary embolism: rationale and design of FOCUS, a prospective observational multicenter cohort study},
  author={Stavros V. Konstantinides and Stefano Barco and Stephan Rosenkranz and Mareike Lankeit and Matthias Held and Felix Gerhardt and Leonard Bruch and Ralf Ewert and Martin Faehling and Julia Freise and Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani and Ekkehard Gruenig and Michael Halank and Nadine Heydenreich and Marius M Hoeper and Hanno H. Leuchte and Eckhard Mayer and Fr. J. Meyer and Claus F Neurohr and Christian F. Opitz and Ant{\'o}nio Pinto and H J Seyfarth and Rolf Wachter and Bianca Z{\"a}pf and Heinrike Wilkens and Harald Binder and Philipp S Wild},
  booktitle={Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis},
  year={2016}
}
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequent cause of death and serious disability. The risk of PE-associated mortality and morbidity extends far beyond the acute phase of the disease. In earlier follow-up studies, as many as 30 % of the patients died during a follow-up period of up to 3 years, and up to 50 % of patients continued to complain of dyspnea and/or poor physical performance 6 months to 3 years after the index event. The most feared ‘late sequela’ of PE is chronic thromboembolic… CONTINUE READING
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