Clinical Selection Criteria and Role of Noninvasive Testing for PTCA

  • Bernard R. Chaitman
  • Henry M. Goodgold
  • Thomas Ischinger
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Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is a relatively new revascularization procedure that was first performed humans by Andreas Gruentzig in September 1977. In June 1979, experience collected worldwide in 205 patients was presented at an NIH-sponsored PTCA workshop. Since then, the number of patients who have undergone PTCA has increased markedly; the data collected on 3079 patients from 105 contributing centers was reported at an NIH workshop in June 1983. Increased operator experience, improved catheter design, and the realization that PTCA can be safely performed in high-risk patients (unstable angina, persistent angina following infarction, and poor left ventricular function), together with successful complex coronary angioplasty results in patients with multivessel disease or serial stenoses have brought about a further increase in the number of patients considered for PTCA procedures.


Coronary Angioplasty Coronary Bypass Surgery Veteran Administration Myocardial Revascularization Chronic Stable Angina 
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  • Bernard R. Chaitman
  • Henry M. Goodgold
  • Thomas Ischinger

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