Heart problems persist in long-term PE survivors

Long-term survivors of pulmonary embolism (PE) experience cardiac functional impairment despite appearing fit and well, according to Australian research.

The 120-patient study led by Dr Vincent Chow (pictured) from the University of Sydney found 25% of PE survivors had significant functional impairment after a mean follow-up of 7.7 years when tested by six-minute walk distance (6MWD), transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and cardiac biomarkers.

At least 16% of patients had a 6MWD rate of less than 350m. Around 29%