Study Supports PCI Without Onsite Surgical Backup

Here’s a great example of genuine medical progress: 10% of the first 50 patients who received balloon angioplasty from the developer of the procedure, Andreas Grüntzig, required emergency bypass surgery. By 2002 only 0.15% of PCI patients required emergency surgery, leading many to believe that surgical backup was no longer necessary. Now a large new…

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