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Korean Circ J. 2018 May;48(5):365-381. doi: 10.4070/kcj.2017.0314.

Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Focus on the Clinical Picture.

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Department of Surgery, Medical, Molecular and Critical Area Pathology, University of Pisa, Italy.
Department of Cardiology, SS. Annunziata Hospital, Taranto, Italy.


Acute pulmonary embolism (APE) is characterized by numerous clinical manifestations which are the result of a complex interplay between different organs; the symptoms are therefore various and part of a complex clinical picture. For this reason, it may not be easy to make an immediate diagnosis. This is a comprehensive review of the literature on all the various clinical pictures in order to help physicians to promptly recognize this clinical condition, remembering that our leading role as cardiologists depends on and is influenced by our knowledge and working methods.


Deep vein thrombosis; Pulmonary embolism; Sudden cardiac death; Syncope

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