Lege Artis Medicinae

[Angioplasty Compared to Medicine]

MATOS Lajos1

MAY 26, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(05)

[PTCA was actually performed in 100 patients, 80 of whom were successful (average stenosis of 76% reduced to 36%). Two patients required immediate surgical intervention. Within six months, PTCA had to be repeated in 16 patients. Myocardial infarction occurred in 5 cases in the PTCA group and in 3 cases in the drug-treated group. After six months, 64% (61/96) of those receiving PTCA therapy were angina-free, compared with 46% of the drug-treated group (47/ 102; p<0.01). Members of the intervention group had better exercise tolerance (p<0.001) and could tolerate exercise for longer (p<0.01). After PTCA, angina relief was achieved faster and the exercise tolerance was better than with drug therapy, but the intervention was more costly and had more complications.]


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