Episode 33 – P.E. MERGENCY

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In this podcast episode, we discuss massive, sub-massive, and non-massive pulmonary embolism. This common diagnosis is often misunderstood and mismanaged. To remedy that, we highlight categories of severity, pregnancy-related complications, effective and ineffective diagnostic tools, and definitive treatment options you should and should not consider.


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  1. No mention of nitric oxide. Any benefit from this with PE? Possibly helping with the Pulm. HTN?

    1. Anthony,

      Thank you for the comment! With respect to nitric… It is everybody’s favorite answer to everything. It’s almost as cool as Ketamine. However, the reality is that it’s a bridge therapy. Nitric doesn’t convey improved mortality in almost anything. It just temporizes.

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