Chapter

Pulmonary Embolism

Vivek Iyer

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.1504

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Pulmonary Embolism

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Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are essentially 2 clinical manifestations of the same disease process and can be grouped as venous thromboembolism. Venous thromboembolisms can be either unprovoked (idiopathic or primary) or provoked (secondary). Provoking factors include inherited and acquired factors such as the factor V Leiden mutation, cancer, surgery, trauma, and immobility. Morbidity and mortality from pulmonary embolism depend not only on the clot burden but also on the presence and extent of preexisting cardiopulmonary disease and the response of the cardiovascular system to the pulmonary embolism. This chapter focuses on pulmonary embolism.

Chapter.  6697 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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