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Drs. Belinda Rivera-Lebron and Franklin Bontempo each present from a clinical conference on management of acute and chronic pulmonary embolism. Dr. Rivera reviews the epidemiology, history, clinical classification, prognostic factors, and treatment guidelines of Acute PE. Dr. Bontempo discusses new oral anticoagulants in treating PE.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and recognize the prognostic factors and risk stratification associated with acute pulmonary embolus
  • Describe the new anticoagulants and their mechanisms of anticoagulation
  • Explain the risks and benefits of the new anticoagulants

Reading Resources:

  1. Aujesky D, Obrosky DS, Stone RA, et al. Derivation and validation of a prognostic model for pulmonary embolism. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. Oct 15 2005;172(8):1041-1046.
  2. Kasper W, Konstantinides S, Geibel A, et al. Management strategies and determinants of outcome in acute major pulmonary embolism: results of a multicenter registry. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Nov 1 1997;30(5):1165-1171.
  3. Konstantinides SV, Torbicki A, Agnelli G, et al. 2014 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of acute pulmonary embolism: The Task Force for the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Endorsed by the European Respiratory 


Drs. Rivera-Lebron and Bontempo have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/28/2015 | Last Modified On: 9/28/2015 | Expires: 9/28/2016

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