Surgical backup needed for non-urgent angioplastiesBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7272.1308 (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1308
- David Spurgeon
Patients undergoing non-emergency angioplasty in medical centres where surgical backup was not available were twice as likely to die, a study presented last week at the American Heart Association's scientific sessions in New Orleans showed. Patients were also 20% more likely to require bypass surgery elsewhere, the study found.
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty was introduced in the early 1980s, when it was performed only in hospitals …