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What is the success rate of angioplasty?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Very high: Greater than 95% with favorable coronary anatomy.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Long Term the Issue!: Short term technical success rates have become >95% in experienced hands with carefully selected pts. & lesions. However, PTCA only hydraulically stretches the vessel, does nothing about underlying disease (indeed complicates it). Thus bigger issue is long term outcomes. PTCA=only about symptoms; more important to aggressively change the Ds. drivers: lipoproteins (not Chol), HbA1c, BP, no smoking.
Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Vascular Surgery 38 years experience
2 gen'l to answer: depends upon location, extent of disease, risk factors, patients overall health, whether stents or other additional measures are needed. In general, though, it is 1st line treatment when anatomy of problem is favorable.

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