Posts Tagged ‘hospital procedures’

October 4th, 2011

Is “Stent and Send” Safe for Older Patients?


Should older patients who undergo elective coronary artery stenting be sent home the same day?  Using data from the CathPCI Registry, Rao and colleagues examined outcomes in Medicare-eligible patients who underwent elective, first-time PCI. The investigators identified 107,018 patients (<11% of the million-plus older patients undergoing PCI during 2005–2008 after exclusion of those with ACS or shock and those transferred from another hospital or […]

September 20th, 2011

Significant Declines Observed in Cardiovascular Procedures Performed in Hospitals

More evidence is starting to emerge that the overall volume of cardiovascular procedures in U.S. hospitals is in decline. The trend should come as no surprise to those who have been following news about cardiovascular medicine in recent years, as the field has been repeatedly struck by debate, scandal, and controversy related to the potential […]