Before receiving an angiogram, it's important to understand your treatment options. If your angiogram shows blockage, then a treatment decision must be made quickly.
New data that was recently presented at a major cardiovascular conference provides important clarity around how to determine which patients are best served by what procedure. The study results showed that:*
- Hundreds of thousands of patients with moderate "not just severe" CAD could have been better treated with bypass surgery versus receiving a stent
After three years, data show that patients who received a stent versus undergoing bypass surgery were:
- 28% more likely to suffer from a major adverse cardiovascular event, such as stroke or heart attack
- 46% more likely to require an additional procedure
- 22% more likely to die
To ensure you receive the best treatment for your condition, your case should be reviewed by a multidisciplinary heart team that consists of a medical cardiologist, an interventional cardiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon prior to making any treatment decision.
Below is a decision tree that will help you better understand the treatment process you will go through, and provides you information about how and when to talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for you.