Research says Angioplasty without On-Site Cardiac Surgery Safe, Effective

ACC PCI Safety Article

Non-emergency angioplasty performed at hospitals without on-site cardiac surgery capability is no less safe and effective than angioplasty performed at hospitals with cardiac surgery services, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session.

Emergency surgery has become an increasingly rare event following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or angioplasty — a non-surgical procedure used to open narrow or blocked coronary arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. This study adds to the growing body of evidence supporting favorable outcomes for patients undergoing elective or non-emergency angioplasty at hospitals without cardiac surgery on-site. Researchers say …

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