Early Anticoagulation is Associated with Reduced Mortality for Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Sean B. Smith, MD; Jeffrey B. Geske, MD; Jennifer M. Maguire, MD; Nicholas A. Zane, BA; Rickey E. Carter, PhD; Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, FCCP


CHEST. 2010;137(6):1382-1390. 

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We provide novel data regarding how the timing of anticoagulation relates to mortality for patients with acute PE. Delayed anticoagulation in our cohort was a risk factor associated with increased mortality. Further investigations are warranted to elucidate the influence of certain demographics and comorbidities, but we nevertheless advocate that quality improvement measures be considered to expedite management of acute PE.


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