Changing patterns in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.


We analyzed the impact of evolving technology on percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in 2677 patients. There were 168 patients in period 1 when fixed-wire catheters were used, 1117 patients in period 2 when steerable catheters were available, and 1392 patients in period 3 when low-profile systems were utilized. The age of patients (55 to 57 to 59… (More)