Work Status and Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
Since the first successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was performed in man in September 1977 (Grüntzig 1978), the results of this nonoperative approach to the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease have been increasingly positive. Although coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) appears to improve the quality of life and to prolong survival in selected subsets of patients, it has apparently failed to affect employment and recreational status (National Institutes of Health Consensus — Development Conference Statement 1981; Oberman et al. 1983; CASS Principal Investigators and Their Associates 1983, p 939–950). This new alternative to CABG may provide greater beneficial effects on cardiac rehabilitation in selected patients. To assess the potential socioeconomic impact of this new technique, we evaluated prospectively the work status of our first 158 patients before and after PTCA.
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