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Episode #6: To angiogram or not to angiogram?May 18, 2010 16:15 EDT
In this episode Drs Topol and Teirstein examine the merits of elective coronary angiography: A test that adds little diagnostic value? Or a diagnostic tool that has its place if used judiciously? They mull over the statistical analysis in Patel et al's recent paper, discuss when elective angiography may be the correct line of action, consider why detractors have been accused of a broadsiding PCI, and reflect on the insight of Teirstein's mother following her recent angiogram.
What are your thoughts on elective coronary angiography?
Patel MR, Peterson ED, Dai D, et al. Low diagnostic yield of elective coronary angiography. N Engl J Med. 2010 Mar 11;362(10):886-95. Abstract.