Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 573–576 | Cite as

Claims-based or clinical models for predicting 90-day post-pulmonary embolism outcomes

  • Cecilia BecattiniEmail author
  • Giancarlo Agnelli

The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is remarkably variable. The features of clinical presentation may be used to predict the short-term clinical outcome of patients with pulmonary embolism [1, 2]. Based on clinical presentation, patients’ features and presence/absence of right ventricle overload, at least three risk categories of patients with acute pulmonary embolism at expected low, intermediate or high risk for short-term death can be identified [3]. The final aim of risk stratification is to tailor treatment and patients’ management according to the expected risk for death [4].

The paper by Christine Cohn et al. published in this issue of the Journal addresses the issue of risk stratification in patients with acute pulmonary embolism [5]. The authors report on an analysis of the Veteran Health Administration database on the accuracy of IMPACT and simplified PESI models for risk stratification of pulmonary embolism. The risk for death at 90 days, readmission for...


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This article does not contain any studies with animals. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the 1984 Helsinki Declaration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stroke Unit, Division of Internal and Cardiovascular MedicineUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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