Pulmonary Embolism

Oral Anticoagulant Effective in Recurrent VTE Prevention in Cancer Patients

Oral Anticoagulant Effective in Recurrent VTE Prevention in Cancer Patients

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At the end of 6 months, the rate of VTE recurrence was 4% among rivaroxaban patients vs 11% in the dalteparin arm (hazard ratio [HR] 0.43, 95% CI: 0.19 to 0.99).

YEARS Criteria in Pulmonary Embolism Evaluation May Reduce Need for Imaging

YEARS Criteria in Pulmonary Embolism Evaluation May Reduce Need for Imaging

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D-dimer test adjustment based on pretest probability results may be a safe option to reduce the need for imaging during evaluation for pulmonary embolism.

Copeptin May Serve as Prognostic Biomarker for Pulmonary Embolism

Copeptin May Serve as Prognostic Biomarker for Pulmonary Embolism

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Copeptin may be useful for identifying normotensive patients with pulmonary embolism who have a higher risk for an adverse outcome.

Varicose Veins May Increase Risk for Pulmonary Embolism

Varicose Veins May Increase Risk for Pulmonary Embolism

Varicose veins may increase the risk for pulmonary embolism and peripheral artery disease.

Pulmonary Embolism With Low Mortality Risk May Be Managed in Outpatient Setting

Pulmonary Embolism With Low Mortality Risk May Be Managed in Outpatient Setting

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Observation in the emergency department followed by outpatient management with anticoagulation may be appropriate treatment for some patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria non-inferior to usual care for patients at low-risk for pulmonary embolism

In this multicenter, randomized controlled study, the Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria (PERC) strategy resulted in significantly fewer uses of CT pulmonary angiography, reduced ED length of stay, and fewer hospital admissions.

Low prevalence of pulmonary embolism among patients with syncope

Based on this retrospective cohort study from multiple countries, the prevalence of pulmonary embolism in patients presenting to the emergency department with syncope was low.

Validity of Pulmonary Embolism Prediction Scores in Pregnant, Postpartum Women

Validity of Pulmonary Embolism Prediction Scores in Pregnant, Postpartum Women

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Although the Wells and revised Geneva scores are used in the general population to predict pulmonary embolism, researchers found they were not reliable in pregnant and postpartum women.

New Trial to Assess Dabigatran in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

New Trial to Assess Dabigatran in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

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A clinical trial is underway to assess the safety and efficacy of dabigatran in intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism after completing 72 hours of heparin therapy.

Pulmonary Emboli in Pediatric Patients: Clinical Predictors Identified

Pulmonary Emboli in Pediatric Patients: Clinical Predictors Identified

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Prospective validation research is needed before these clinical predictors of pediatric PE can become guidelines.

Outcomes With Catheter-Directed vs Systemic Thrombolysis in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Emboli

Outcomes With Catheter-Directed vs Systemic Thrombolysis in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Emboli

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A systematic review evaluated whether catheter-directed thrombolysis improved outcomes in patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary emboli.

Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Effective for Massive PE

Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Effective for Massive PE

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The use of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as bridge therapy for massive pulmonary embolism may allow clinicians to better triage patients to appropriate destination therapy.

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

Influenza vaccination does not increase the risk for venous thromboembolism in patients older than 50 years of age.

No Difference in Short-Term Outcome Between Saddle and Nonsaddle Pulmonary Embolism

No Difference in Short-Term Outcome Between Saddle and Nonsaddle Pulmonary Embolism

Similar short-term outcomes were seen in patients with saddle and nonsaddle pulmonary embolism.

Prediction of Short-, Long-Term Mortality in Elderly With Stable Acute PE

Prediction of Short-, Long-Term Mortality in Elderly With Stable Acute PE

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Charleston comorbidity index is an independent predictor of mortality in patients with hemodynamically stable pulmonary embolism.

Anatomic Location of Thrombus Not Affected Outcomes of Surgical Pulmonary Embolectomy

Anatomic Location of Thrombus Not Affected Outcomes of Surgical Pulmonary Embolectomy

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Patients with either central or peripheral pulmonary embolism had positive outcomes with surgical pulmonary embolectomy for peripheral distribution of thrombus.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Contributes to Risk of Recurrent PE

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Contributes to Risk of Recurrent PE

Obstructive sleep apnea increases patients' risk for recurrent pulmonary embolism following cessation of oral anticoagulation therapy.

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