Defining Therapy for Life Threatening Pulmonary Embolism

Shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing up blood, fainting, a drop in blood pressure - these are all symptoms of an acute pulmonary embolism, a blood clot developing in the legs or upper extremities that breaks off and goes into the lung. In the past, this pronouncement was typically a death sentence.

Today, Emory is at the forefront of disciplined diagnostic and management approaches in treating patients with pulmonary embolism, using the spiral Computed Tomography (CT) and other imaging tests such as Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) as diagnostic tools. Emory offers a Post Acute Pulmonary Embolism Clinic that is unique to Georgia. The mission of this clinic is to bring sub-specialties such as hematology, the anticoagulation clinic, radiologists and surgeons together in the management of patients who have had pulmonary embolism.

Patient Advantages:

  • Patients benefit from Emory's research, which has discovered the advantages of the spiral CT scan of the chest, establishing its place as the diagnostic modality of choice for acute pulmonary embolism.
  • The spiral CT scan of the chest most accurately diagnoses pulmonary embolism or clots in the chest and in the legs, categorizing patients in terms of accurate risk stratification (low, high or intermediate rate of complications) before medication is prescribed or treatment recommended.

Why Emory?

Emory is at the forefront of diagnostic and management approaches in the treatment of pulmonary embolism. If standard medical therapy doesn't work, Emory's multidisciplinary team treats high-risk patients with life threatening pulmonary embolism through surgical therapy (embolectomy).

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Dr Leeper

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