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<< The Emergency Medicine Approach To The Evaluation And Treatment Of Pulmonary Embolism

Treatment

Systemic anticoagulation remains the mainstay of treatment for all patients with PE. This does not lessen clot burden initially, but it does prevent any extension of a clot and allows the body’s own fibrinolytic processes to dissolve an existing clot. In hemodynamically stable patients, low-molecular-weight heparin or unfractionated heparin alone are effective and remain the standard of care for initial anticoagulation.78,79

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