Chief Physician, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine – Clinic of Cardiology and Angiology, First Faculty of Medicine Charles University in Prague and General University Hospital in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Pulmonary embolism is the third most common cause of cardiovascular mortality. The diagnostics is not very complicated but man must think of it. Early diagnosis and stratification of risks is essential in prevention of severe course and in prevention of complications. The most prominent diagnostic modality is CT angiography-quick, available and morphologically very precise. In case of contraindications it is possible to use lung scintigraphy. In haemodynamically unstable patients, urgent echocardiography is very valuable.