Three year anatomic, functional and clinical follow-up after successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

D. R. Rosing, R. O. Cannon, R. M. Watson, R. O. Bonow, R. Mincemoyer, C. Ewels, M. B. Leon, E. Lakatos, S. E. Epstein, K. M. Kent

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Because the long-term anatomic effects of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty are unknown, follow-up evaluations including coronary angiography, treadmill exercise testing and rest and bicycle exercise radionuclide angiography were performed in 46 patients 6.3 ± 2.0 and 37.6 ± 3.6 (mean ± SD) months after they had undergone successful single lesion angioplasty. The severity of the coronary stenosis decreased significantly at each evaluation; the mean diameter stenosis was 66 ± 13% before angioplasty, 30 ± 13% immediately after and 26 ± 16% and 19 ± 13% at 6 months and 3 years, respectively. Exercise time increased from 9.8 ± 4.4 minutes before angioplasty to 18.3 ± 4.5 minutes immediately after the procedure and remained at that level at 6 months (20.3 ± 4.6 minutes) and 3 years (18.2 ± 4.5 minutes). Left ventricular ejection fraction during exercise decreased 4 ± 6% compared with rest before angioplasty, but increased 7 ± 7% immediately after angioplasty and this increase was maintained at 6 months (±6 ± 7%) and 3 years (±4 ± 6%). Before angioplasty, 1 patient was in Canadian Heart Association functional class 0, 15 were in class II, 24 in class III and 6 in class IV. Three years later, 25 were in class 0, 10 in class I, 7 in class II and 4 in class III. These results indicate that the short-term anatomic and functional success of coronary angioplasty is maintained for at least 3 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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