U.K. makes strides in improving access to interventions

02/4/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Access to interventional cardiology treatments has been vastly expanded in the U.K., and the number of percutaneous coronary intervention procedures has doubled in 10 years as a result, according to new data. Primary angioplasty has become the preferred treatment for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and the number of PCI-capable facilities has expanded. In addition, the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research data show radial access is preferred, door-to-balloon times are "impressive" and stent and drug-eluting stent use mirrors that of other countries.

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