Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2021; 42(02): 171-175
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1725059
Review Article

Trends in Mortality of Acute Pulmonary Embolism

An Thi Nhat Ho
1  Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
,
Nelly Bellamy
2  Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
,
Soophia K. Naydenov
1  Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Despite substantial advances in the diagnosis and management, pulmonary embolism (PE) continues to be a significant cause of mortality. In this article, we provide a concise overview of the evolution of worldwide mortality trends related to PE. Despite the data being derived mainly from observational studies, there is a clear trend toward decreasing mortality over time from PE. Whether this truly represents a treatment effect or is more related to increased diagnosis of small PEs is not fully clear. Modern approaches to PE management such as the PE response teams have the potential to further reduce the mortality from PE.



Publication History

Publication Date:
10 March 2021 (online)

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