Diagnostic-therapeutic cascade revisited: coronary angiography, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and percutaneous coronary intervention in the modern era.

@article{Lucas2008DiagnostictherapeuticCR,
  title={Diagnostic-therapeutic cascade revisited: coronary angiography, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and percutaneous coronary intervention in the modern era.},
  author={Frances Leslie Lucas and Andrea E Siewers and David J. Malenka and David E. Wennberg},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2008},
  volume={118 25},
  pages={2797-802}
}
BACKGROUND There is wide geographic variation in the use of coronary revascularization in the United States. Rates are closely related to rates of coronary angiography. We assessed the relationship between coronary angiography and coronary artery revascularization by procedure type (coronary artery bypass graft surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention). METHODS AND RESULTS Using Part B claims for a 20% sample of the Medicare population, we calculated population-based rates of testing and… CONTINUE READING

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