Short-term (4 hours) observation after elective coronary angioplasty

K.T. Koch, J.J. Piek, R.J. de Winter, G.K. David, K. Mulder, K.I. Lie

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In a prospective evaluation of the safety of short-term observation after elective percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in 1,900 consecutive patients, 1 of 1,680 patients triaged to discharge after 4 hours of observation reached the primary end point of acute recurrent ischemia, 7 patients underwent repeat PTCA during 4 hours of observation, and 66 of 187 patients selected for prolonged observation had a complicated course. It is concluded that short-term observation after elective coronary angioplasty is safe, with a negligible risk of vessel closure after this period; triage for prolonged observation can be based appropriately on the immediate procedural result
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1591-1594
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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