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Irregular Heartbeat During Angioplasty Could Raise Death Risk
Date:5/5/2009

the risk in terms of the intensity with which one monitors the patients," she said."

Not everyone who undergoes angioplasty or other PCI will require a stay in an intensive care unit, Hochman noted. "This helps sort out who would be good for one place rather than the other," she said.

And more work is needed before the finding is put to widespread use. "This [finding] should be confirmed in other studies before we change practice," she said.

More information

There's more on ventricular fibrillation at the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Rajendra H. Mehta, M.D., associate consulting professor, medicine, Duke University, Durhamn, N.C.; Judith S. Hochman, M.D., professor, cardiology, New York University; May 6, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association


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