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May 2016

Appropriateness of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Are We Acting Appropriately?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, McGovern Medical School, Houston
  • 2Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute, Houston, Texas
JAMA Cardiol. 2016;1(2):224-225. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.0534

As modern medicine has grown and evolved, there has been an enormous explosion of information available to clinicians and patients. This ongoing explosion has no end in sight. The amount of available information that must be examined and integrated into patient care is so extensive that it strains the mind to consider it all. This is especially true in the field of cardiology, especially when considering possible coronary revascularization. Despite the potential for information overload, judgements and choices must be made in everyday practice. To help, professional societies, such as the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the American Heart Association, have been publishing clinical practice guidelines for 30 years now.1 These periodically revised documents are meant to provide evidence-based reviews and recommendations for several clinical conditions, including ratings for many possible diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions.