Long-term follow-up of coronary angioplasty: the 1977-1981 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute registry.

Between September 1977 and September 1981, 1587 consecutive patients underwent a first coronary angioplasty (PTCA) at 16 clinical centres. After excluding patients with prior coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and left main or minimal vessel disease, 1390 were available for in-hospital and long-term follow-up. Mean duration of follow-up was 5.9 years (range 0-9… CONTINUE READING