pulmonary embolism

Is managed care overusing inferior vena cava filters?A new study evaluating Humana claims data reveals interesting findings about IVC filter use in managed care.
Can a patient safety bundle prevent deaths from PE?Pregnancy-related deaths in the United States have risen from a low of 7.2 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to a high of 17.3 per 100,000 live births in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System.
A 40-year-old Man with Dyspnea on Exertion, No Coronary DiseaseECG Challenge: Dyspnea is painless, but progressive; lungs are clear, heart sounds normal, peripheral pulses strong. What does the tracing show?
Pre-op anticoagulation reduces VTE risk in cancer patientsResearchers found that rates of DVT and PE were significantly lower among patients who received preoperative chemoprophylaxis than in those who did not.
Anticoagulation does not increase ICH risk in patients with brain metastasesResearch results indicated that while intracranial hemorrhage is frequently observed in patients with brain metastases, treatment with low molecular weight heparin does not increase the risk.
FDA drug approvals - October 2014
FDA drug approvals - October 2014FDA actions in brief, fast-track designations, priority review.
Aspirin effective for VTE prevention in orthopedic surgeryA recent review of eight trials found that aspirin was just as effective as heparin and warfarin in preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacements and caused 68% fewer serious bleeding events.
FDA approves apixaban for treatment of DVT, PEFDA has approved apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer) for the treatment of DVT and PE, and for the reduction in the risk of recurrent DVT and PE following initial therapy. Combined, DVT and PE are known as VTE.
Testosterone products: FDA requires beefed up labeling to include risk of VTE, including DVT, PEFDA is requiring manufacturers of all approved testosterone products to include a warning in the drug labeling about the risk of blood clots in the veins, also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Obstructive sleep apnea linked to maternal deathsA study of a nationally representative sample of hospitalized women who were pregnant or gave birth shows a link between obstructive sleep apnea and maternal death. The findings, published in SLEEP, point to a need for targeted interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes in women with apnea.