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Echocardiography Screening for PH After PE

An essential tool for evaluation.

A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) helps physicians evaluate patients with suspected PH:18

  • Enables indirect assessment of pulmonary arterial pressure
  • Permits evaluation of intracardiac shunt or left-heart disease as causes of PH

  • The following findings suggest PH18:
    • Right ventricular dilatation or overload
    • Right atrial enlargement, hypertrophy, and hypokinesis
    • Tricuspid regurgitation
  • An echocardiogram may be performed 6 weeks after acute PE to screen for persistent PH that may predict the development of CTEPH.21
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6 weeks after acute PE, an echocardiogram may help screen for persistent PH.