Coronary Intervention & Surgery

Despite recent clinical trial evidence suggesting the outcomes of unprotected left main PCI rival those of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), very few unprotected left main PCIs are performed in everyday clinical practice in the United States.

Readmissions and postacute care were the primary drivers of differences in payments to hospitals for 90-day episodes of percutaneous coronary intervention, suggests a study of more than 40,000 PCI procedures from 33 Michigan hospitals.

Outpatient centers across three states may have upcoded patients from stable angina to unstable angina to mask their use of inappropriate percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a report published Dec. 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Patients who receive heart surgery experience minimal changes to their memory up to two years after their operations compared to those who undergo less-invasive cardiac catheterization, according to a new study, offering reassurance that postoperative cognitive decline may be temporary in many cases.

An analysis of more than 3.5 million percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients found the procedure was initially popular with an older demographic starting in 1998, but after 2006 the overall number of PCIs in those aged 70 and up started to decline.

People with opioid use disorder (OUD) who have heart surgery suffer in-hospital mortality at a rate on par with other patients but are more likely to experience complications and require longer hospital stays, according to an analysis published in JAMA Surgery.

A simple test to measure walking speed can indicate frailty and inform survival predictions for older patients undergoing cardiac surgery, suggests a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

An interventional cardiologist performed percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) on five patients located 20 miles away—the first truly remote PCIs in human patients.

Fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment before coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) didn’t improve outcomes compared to angiography-guided surgery, Danish researchers reported Nov. 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

A team in the U.K. published research Nov. 30 suggesting cancer patients are at an elevated risk for major bleeding events and in-hospital death following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the most common interventional treatment in patients with coronary heart disease.

People who are frail and older than 65 are at a 50 percent increased risk of major bleeding during hospitalizations for heart attack compared to nonfrail patients, according to research published Nov. 19 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

The use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to guide PCI leads to further improvements in event-free survival between one and two years post-procedure, according to a report from the ADAPT-DES study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.