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Is the percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: In good hands, no

Ptca has become very routine, and is now routinely done in centers without cardiac suregry back-up as was formerly recommended.
However, like any complex procedure, results are much better in the hands of experienced cardiologists working at high-volume centers.

In brief: In good hands, no

Ptca has become very routine, and is now routinely done in centers without cardiac suregry back-up as was formerly recommended.
However, like any complex procedure, results are much better in the hands of experienced cardiologists working at high-volume centers.
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Some risk exists

It is generally safe but not without some risk.
Bleeding complications happen about 1 in 200 times which rarely requires blood transfusion, damage to artery requiring surgical repair also rarely happens. Risk of the artery being opened closing completely requiring emergency bypass may happen 1 in 100 times but is becoming less and less frequent with advanced stents.Death from procedure is rare.

In brief: Some risk exists

It is generally safe but not without some risk.
Bleeding complications happen about 1 in 200 times which rarely requires blood transfusion, damage to artery requiring surgical repair also rarely happens. Risk of the artery being opened closing completely requiring emergency bypass may happen 1 in 100 times but is becoming less and less frequent with advanced stents.Death from procedure is rare.
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