UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Geriatrics

Title: syncope and PE in the elderly

Posted: 6/7/2009 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 8/17/2022)
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Whereas only 6% of young patients with PE present with syncope, 15-20% of elderly patients with PE present with syncope. The simple takeaway point is that whenever an elderly patient presents with syncope, always strongly consider the possibility of PE, even though they may lack classic pleuritic chest pain.
Count that respiratory rate for an inexpensive clue!