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Is a pulmonary embolism life threatening?

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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Definitely can be!

More people die each year from Pulmonary embolism (PE) than highway fatalities, breast cancer & AIDS combine.
PE causes or contributes to 15% of all hospital deaths. Due to pulmonary arterial obstruction, PE can result in acute right ventricular failure, a life-threatening condition.Since most patients tend to die within the first hrs of presentation, early diagnosis & treatment can be life saving

In brief: Definitely can be!

More people die each year from Pulmonary embolism (PE) than highway fatalities, breast cancer & AIDS combine.
PE causes or contributes to 15% of all hospital deaths. Due to pulmonary arterial obstruction, PE can result in acute right ventricular failure, a life-threatening condition.Since most patients tend to die within the first hrs of presentation, early diagnosis & treatment can be life saving
Dr. Michael Ginsburg
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A leading cause of initially unexplained death.

In brief: Yes

A leading cause of initially unexplained death.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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