Study finds wide variation in cardiac rehab referrals

03/31/2013 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Only 59% of more than 1.4 million patients who received percutaneous coronary intervention between 2009 and 2011 were referred for cardiac rehabilitation despite professional guidelines calling for the follow-up care, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. The analysis of PCI procedures performed at 1,310 American hospitals revealed wide variation in referrals, with the majority of hospitals referring more than 80% or less than 20% of PCI patients to cardiac rehabilitation. Guidelines published by SCAI and other groups consider post-PCI cardiac rehabilitation to be a class 1A recommendation.

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