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Clot-busting in pulmonary embolism: Worth the risk?

from Pharmacy Practice News

Physicians treating unstable patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) should, in most cases, administer thrombolytic therapy regardless of a patient’s age or comorbidities, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers suggest. Unfortunately, that message is not getting across to clinicians, according to the investigators. In their database study of 72,230 unstable patients with PE — a blockage of arteries in the lungs caused by clots moving from the legs — only one-third of the patients in shock or on a ventilator received thrombolytic therapy. more

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