What education should patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) be given?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The importance of adherence to the treatment regimen should be repeatedly stressed. The patient should be instructed regarding what to do in the event of any bleeding complications. Because most patients are administered warfarin or low molecular weight heparin upon discharge from the hospital, they must be advised regarding potential interactions between these agents and other medications.

For patient education resources, see the patient education articles Pulmonary Embolism and Blood Clot in the Legs.


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