Postpartum Pulmonary Embolism
Department of Cardiology, I.G. Medical College, Shimla, India
- Women have a higher risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) in comparison to men.
- Thrombolytic therapy is more effective than heparin in producing rapid lysis of emboli, but is less cost-effective.
- Heparin is more effective as a preventive measure against recurrent PE than as a treatment for an acute event.
- Echocardiography is a useful technique for identifying right ventricular overload following PE.
Here, a case presenting postpartum with many of the classical findings of severe PE on examination and investigation is described. The author also highlights the efficacy of thrombolytic therapy in the management of PE and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
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