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Transthoracic echocardiography during cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism
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    Re: Routine thrombolysis for all non-traumatic cardiac arrests?

    Dear Editor

    The issue of cardiac troponins is not an issue regarding the decision of whether to give thrombolysis in cardiac arrest, neither is echocardiography. Thrombolysis if to be given needs to be given early. Whether you feel it will be beneficial when administered to cardiac arrests depends on how you interpret the available evidence, which to be honest is of limited methodology.

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    Routine thrombolysis for all non-traumatic cardiac arrests?

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the letter publication by Knowles on routine use of thrombolysis during all non-traumatic cardiac arrests, whether caused by pulmonary embolism ( PE ) or by myocardial infarction (MI).[1] His comment was based in relation to a case report by MacCarthy P et al (Emerg Med J 2002; 19: 178 -79.)

    BTS guidelines mention performing urgent echocardiography for massive PE with...

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