Interventional Therapies for Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Published: October 04, 2019

Illustration showing pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE) represents the third leading cause of cardiovascular mortality in the U.S.
  • Treatment options for PE with hemodynamic instability (high-risk PE) include systemic thrombolysis, surgical embolectomy, interventional PE therapy, and/or mechanical circulatory support.
  • Data to support use of interventional devices for intermediate risk PE should come from randomized trials that evaluate traditional clinical outcomes and/or patient-centric, functional/quality of life (QOL) measures.