Pascal Nicod, MD; Urs Scherrer, MD
To the Editors: Grüntzig's landmark report (1) of his early experience with coronary angioplasty in 50 patients with coronary artery disease has triggered the explosive growth of an entirely new field, interventional cardiology. Ten years later, more than 300 000 coronary angioplasties were done in the United States alone, contributing enormously to exponential growth in health care costs. The popularity of angioplasty is puzzling, given the high restenosis rate (2) and the absence of controlled trials comparing angioplasty with coronary artery surgery or medical treatment (3). We suggest that the combination of three factors, never so closely associated before in
Nicod P, Scherrer U. Money, Fun, and Angioplasty. Ann Intern Med. ;116:779. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-779_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):779.
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