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Too many heart caths before noncardiac surgery

from MedPage Today

Despite evidence suggesting a lack of benefit, cardiac catheterization and prophylactic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are often recommended prior to noncardiac surgery, a national registry study found. In analysis of patients getting diagnostic catheterization before noncardiac surgery in the absence of acute coronary syndrome or other clear indication for revascularization, 60.6 percent were asymptomatic. more

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