Risk Stratification of Pulmonary Embolism

Thomas Moumneh, Philip S. Wells, Sebastien Miranda

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Abstract

Given the broad treatment options, risk stratification of pulmonary embolism is a highly desirable component of management. The ideal tool identifies patients at risk of death from the original or recurrent pulmonary embolism. Using all-cause death in the first 30-days after pulmonary embolism diagnosis as a surrogate, clinical parameters, biomarkers, and radiologic evidence of right ventricular dysfunction and strain are predictive. However, no study has demonstrated improved mortality rates after implementation of a risk stratification strategy to guide treatment. Further research should use better methodology to study prognosis and test new management strategies in patients at high risk for death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-448
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biomarkers
  • Clinical assessment
  • Mortality
  • Prognosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Risk stratification

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