Pulmonary embolism

Breathless

Overview

Susan finds it difficult to breathe. How concerned should you be? Can you keep your head while the grim reaper is breathing down your neck?


  1. Contraindications for thrombolysis
  2. Graduated compression stockings in patients with DVT
  3. Investigations for pulmonary embolism
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