Death (After PCI) is No Longer What it Used to Be
Percutaneous coronary intervention has revolutionized the management of coronary artery disease (CAD)1. Its main goals are to improve the quantity and sometimes the quality of life, by reducing mortality and nonfatal outcomes and by improving symptoms. While these goals were clearly achieved when PCI was applied to the treatment of acute coronary syndromes2,3, there is still uncertainty regarding the prognostic benefits of PCI in patients with stable CAD: while PCI clearly improves angina symptoms, its benefits on clinical outcomes remain debated and may only occur if patients are at sufficient risk (because of extensive myocardial ischemia or because the amount of jeopardized myocardium is large enough).4,5,6
- percutaneous coronary intervention
- acute coronary syndrome
- long-term outcome
- Received January 28, 2014.
- Accepted January 29, 2014.