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


PE results most often from the presence of a clot in the pulmonary vasculature, and is an important cause of significant morbidity and mortality in ED patients. For centralized PEs, outflow obstruction of the right ventricle, resulting in increased right-sided afterload, leads to elevated right ventricular wall stress, right ventricle dilatation, dysfunction, and potential ischemia of the right ventricle.

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