Does pulmonary embolism (PE) have a racial predilection?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The incidence of pulmonary embolism appears to be significantly higher in blacks than in whites. [29] Mortality rates from pulmonary embolism for blacks have been 50% higher than those for whites, and those for whites have been 50% higher than those for people of other races (eg, Asians, Native Americans). [20] Asian/Pacific Islanders/American Indian patients have a markedly lower risk of thromboembolism. [20, 30]


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