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This document follows the previous ESC guidelines focusing on the clinical management of pulmonary embolism (PE) published in 2000, 2008, and 2014. Many recommendations have been retained or their validity has been reinforced; however, new data have extended or modified our knowledge in respect of the optimal diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of patients with PE.
These new aspects have been integrated into previous knowledge to suggest optimal and — whenever possible — objectively validated management strategies for patients with suspected or confirmed PE.
Abbreviations and acronyms
Assessment of pulmonary embolism severity and the risk of early death
Treatment in acute phase
Integrated risk-adapted diagnosis and management
Chronic treatment and prevention of recurrence
Pulmonary embolism and pregnancy
Long-term sequelae of pulmonary embolism
Non-thrombotic pulmonary embolism
Gaps in the evidence
‘What to do’ and ‘what not to do’ messages from the Guidelines
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