What is Acute Pulmonary Embolism?
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms – usually in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (deep vein thrombosis or DVT). When the clot travels in the circulation and lodges in the lungs, it is known as pulmonary embolism (PE).
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is a condition where one or more clots break off and travel from existing venous clots in the arms or legs in the circulation, getting trapped in the lung, where they block the ability of blood to get to specific areas of the pulmonary arteries to receive oxygen. In intermediate-risk or high-risk cases, this may lead to a strain on the heart's ability to pump blood through the lungs which can then lead to heart failure and/or cardiovascular collapse.
Common symptoms of pulmonary embolism include
Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism
Professor Nils Kucher, Professor of Angiology and Director of the University Clinic of Angiology at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, talks about diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from pulmonary embolism.
ESC guidelines for acute pulmonary embolism
Multidisciplinary teams can accelerate diagnosis of pulmonary embolism
Discover our educational program on Pulmonary embolism
Boston Scientific has developed an exclusive Pulmonary embolism blended learning program with a team of well-known experts who are passionate about improving care for patients with PE. Get an overview of this curriculum from the experts themselves.