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Certification for Interventional Cardiologists Does Not Lead to Uniformly Improved Outcomes

from Cardiovascular Business

Interventional cardiologists who received certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine did not have better outcomes after PCI with regards to the risks of bleeding and vascular complications compared with those who were not certified. However, multivariable analyses found the risks of mortality and emergency CABG were significantly higher in patients treated by noncertified physicians. The increases in mortality and emergency CABG were 0.08 percent and 0.03 percent higher in the noncertified group. more


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