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Medical News & Perspectives
January 18, 2006

Progress in Percutaneous Heart Procedures Leads to Update in Clinical Guidelines

JAMA. 2006;295(3):263-264. doi:10.1001/jama.295.3.263

Noting recent improvements in devices, techniques, and medications, the cardiology community has updated guidelines for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)—just 4 years after publication of previous recommendations.

Experts from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions collaborated on the new guidelines, which were announced November 13 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Dallas (http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3035436). PCI is performed about 1 million times annually in the United States.