Posts Tagged ‘catheterization’

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March 9th, 2015

How Appropriate Are Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Angiography?

Harindra C. Wijeysundera discusses his research group’s use of registry data from Ontario, Canada, in applying the 2012 appropriate use criteria for diagnostic catheterization.


March 9th, 2015

Appropriate Use Criteria for Diagnostic Catheterization are Weak

Appropriate use criteria (AUC) are designed to help make sure that medical procedures and interventions are performed in patients most likely to benefit and, in turn, are not performed on people unlikely to gain benefit. Now a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that the AUC for one very widely performed procedure, diagnostic cardiac […]


July 7th, 2012

New Algorithm for Patients with LBBB and Suspected MI

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John McEvoy reflects on the clinical scenario of selecting patients with left bundle-branch block and suspected MI for primary PCI — and on a new algorithm to help in the decision-making process. The authors who created the algorithm respond.


February 22nd, 2012

What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the … Swan?

A colleague of mine who is a cardiology fellow recently made this confession: “I really love doing procedures. I can’t wait until the new patient gets here so we can Swan him.” Playing devil’s advocate, I asked: “Would you want to be ‘Swanned’ if you were admitted to the CCU?” Astonished, she replied, “Of course not. I […]