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Surgical backup needed for non-urgent angioplasties

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1308
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    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 …

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