Prevalence of obstructive coronary artery disease among patients undergoing coronary angiography at an Australian Tertiary Hospital

Previous studies from overseas have suggested that many patients undergoing coronary angiograms are found to have normal coronary arteries. Excessive use of coronary angiography leads to wasteful health spending and puts patients at risk. Australia has a publicly funded health system, so it is particularly pertinent to ensure appropriate use of health care resources. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of coronary artery disease in a contemporary cohort of Australian patients undergoing coronary angiography.

D. Tsang, M. Yudi, S. Joshi
Cardiology Department, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 1, e1-e48
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