Birutė Pundziūtė



Pulmonary embolism (PE) –a one time or recurrent sudden occlusion of pulmonary artery (PA) and its branches with thrombi, which distorts bloodstream in pulmonary parenchyma of the and is usually imported from the deep leg or pelvic veins.  Traditionally PE has been considered to be an acute disease, the long-term natural course in patients surviving the acute thromboembolic event can be complicated by recurrent episodes of PE or deep vein thrombosis, bleeding complications caused by anticoagulant treatment, arterial cardiovascular events and in rare cases by chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
Quality of life (QoL) assessment is an important trend in modern medical care, allowing patients to assess and predict the state of the disease. QoL can be assessed generic and disease specific questionnaire.
Test subjects were questioned during the telephone call.The Quality of Life Questionnaire after medical history of PE (Pemb-QoL) was translated in to the Lithuanian language. The PEmb-QoL questionnaire contains six dimensions that had been created based on the contents of the items: frequency of complaints, ADL limitations, work-related problems, sociallimitations, intensity of complaints and emotional complaints. Higher scores indicate worse outcome. Clinical characteristics: gender, age, obesity, and comorbidities, such as cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, degrades the quality of life, but because of small amount of test subjects there was no statistically significant difference.

Keyword(s): pulmonary embolism (PE), quality of life after medical history of PE(PEmb-QoL) questionnaire, related diseases, cardiopulmonary failure.
DOI: 10.5200/90
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