Daniel D. Buff, MD; Mahnaz Behboodikhah, MD
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To the editor: When a newly admitted patient with acute pulmonary edema was presented on a recent cardiology round, someone asked, "What percentage of patients with acute pulmonary edema have had an acute myocardial infarction?" The question was important because, although the condition of our patient had improved, and from a hemodynamic standpoint, the patient could be moved to a general medical floor, further monitoring in the coronary care unit would be needed if a myocardial infarction had occurred.
A literature search on this subject was interesting. As expected, we found many articles on acute pulmonary edema as a complication
Buff DD, Behboodikhah M. Acute Pulmonary Edema and Myocardial Infarction. Ann Intern Med. ;109:247. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-3-247_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(3):247.
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