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Obstetrical pulmonary embolism mortality, United States, 1970-85

A L Franks, H K Atrash, H W Lawson, K S Colberg
American Journal of Public Health 1990, 80 (6): 720-2
To investigate pulmonary embolism as a cause of obstetrical death, vital records data from 1970 through 1985 were analyzed. Results showed that the number of obstetrical pulmonary embolism deaths per 100,000 live births declined by 50 percent for both Whites and Blacks. However, Black women maintained more than a 2.5-fold higher risk, and women over age 40 had a ten-fold higher risk of embolism mortality. Thus, although the risk of obstetrical pulmonary embolism death has declined, some subgroups of women remain at higher risk.

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