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Pulmonary Embolism in Older Patients

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Patients aged 65 and older appear to present with more severe pulmonary embolisms and have a higher mortality rate when compared with younger individuals, according to an observational cohort study. However, treatment patterns were similar among patients of all ages. The authors suggest that age-specific guideline definitions of sub-massive pulmonary embolism may better identify high-risk patients.

Source: American Journal of Cardiology, March 1, 2015.

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