A recent commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises concerns over the widespread use of ad hoc percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in stable patients, suggesting physicians instead take a "pause" after initial angiography to allow time to evaluate the most appropriate treatment.
Commentary Suggests Putting Ad Hoc PCI on Hold
As reported in today's Daily Briefing, in-hospital delay of elective procedures increases patients' risk of infections and drives up hospital costs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).
For the study, researchers analyzed a nationwide sample of 163,006 patients ages 40 and older who developed complications following either a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), colon resections or lung resections between 2003 and 2007.
Hospitals that Delay Surgeries Can Boost Infections, Costs
As reported in today's Daily Briefing, cardiovascular disease deaths dropped 28% and deaths from stroke fell 45% between 1997 and 2007, largely because of better treatments, according to an American Heart Association (AHA) annual report released Wednesday.
Despite the improvements, the number of cardiovascular procedures performed in hospitals increased 27%, and costs for treating cardiovascular disease and stroke surpassed $286 billion in 2007—higher than cancer or any other diagnostic group.
AHA: Cardiovascular Disease Deaths Drop, but Treatment Costs Skyrocket