New heart procedure to save many lives
Research led by the Catharina hospital in the southern town of Eindhoven has resulted in a new method for carrying out percutaneous angioplasty which is expected to save 200 lives a year.AMSTERDAM – Percutaneous angioplasty involves widening constricted arteries through the insertion of a metal tube.
So far, many patients undergo this treatment even when it is not entirely clear whether they really need it. The new method allows doctors to determine whether the procedure is really necessary.
A lower number of procedures also means a reduction in the number of - often serious - complications that occur after percutaneous angioplasty. Avoiding unnecessary treatment also means a reduction of health care costs.
Radio Netherlands/ Expatica