Heart Beat: July 2013
Of the patients who die within 30 days of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), only 42 percent of them do so because of complications from the procedure, according to research by Cleveland Clinics Director of Endovascular Services, Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, and his team of investigators. PCI is a non-surgical procedure in which a balloon and/or stents are used to open blocked or narrowed arteries. The balloons and stents are delivered with a catheter. The research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that some alternative evaluations of patient outcome results be considered. Outcomes reporting is a vital component of our shift toward accountable care and will be extremely valuable to patients and physicians, Dr. Shishehbor says.