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A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic focuses on predicting operator outcomes in coronary angioplasty procedures.
“We’ve been interested in prediction of outcomes after coronary angioplasty and stent procedures for some time,” says Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Charanjit Rihal. “Almost ten years ago, we published a paper called ‘The Mayo Clinic Risk Score for Prediction of Adverse Events following Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Procedures’. We’ve since refined into the ‘New Mayo Clinic Risk Score’, which includes seven key variables that predict bad outcomes following PCI procedures.”
The study, which was presented at the 2012 ACC Annual Scientific Session & Expo, presents a novel application of the Mayo Clinic Risk Score to predict operator specific outcomes in coronary angioplasty procedures.
“We looked at the outcomes of over 8000 procedures performed by 21 Mayo Clinic interventional cardiologists as predicted by the Mayo Clinic Risk Score,” says Dr. Rihal. “On an individual basis, we were able to calculate the expected mortality and adverse event rate and compare that to the actual observed mortality and adverse event rate. We were able to show that in our clinical practice of PCI, this risk score was very useful as a performance measure.”
Journalists: The following soundbites from Dr. Rihal are available for download and use in your stories.
Below is an edited youtube video of Dr. Rihal discussing the study. You may embed this with your stories.