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Angioplasty Patients May Be at Risk for Rehospitalization
Date:11/29/2011

mergent or urgent angioplasty is also higher risk, [and] whether the procedure was considered a success or whether it was complicated may influence the risk of having problems after discharge," Hernandez added.

"Of the variables identified as being independently associated with 30-day rehospitalization, the vast majority are not modifiable," said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, associate chief of cardiology at the University of California at Los Angeles. "Further studies are needed to determine if any of the readmissions are preventable, and that preventing readmission would reduce mortality."

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SOURCES: David Holmes, M.D., cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Adrian F. Hernandez, M.D., MHS, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Gianluca Campo, M.D., cardiologist, the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., associate chief, cardiology, University of California at Los Angeles; Nov. 28, 2011, Archives of Internal Medicine


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