July 14, 1999

Coronary AngiographyA Long Look at a Short Queue

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Lown Cardiovascular Center, Brookline, Mass.

JAMA. 1999;282(2):184-186. doi:10.1001/jama.282.2.184

Over the past 2 decades there has been an exponential increase in the use of all cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, especially coronary angiography. Indeed, heart catheterization is now the most frequently performed in-hospital operative procedure in patients older than 65 years.1 Researchers estimate that during 1995 more than 1.6 million patients underwent heart catheterization in the United States and that by 2010, upward of 3 million cardiac catheterizations will be performed annually.1

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