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October 2017 Br J Cardiol 2017;24:(4) doi:10.5837/bjc.2017.028 Online First

Current diagnostic yield of invasive coronary angiography at a district general hospital

Ali Rauf, Sarah Denny, Floyd Pierres, Alice Jackson, Nikolaos Papamichail, Antonis Pavlidis, Khaled Alfakih

Abstract

Introduction Invasive coronary angiography (ICA) remains the cornerstone of diagnosis and treatment of patients with a high likelihood of coronary artery disease (CAD), or those with significant or unstable chest pain symptoms. However, there is always a concern that we overutilise ICA and this exposes patients to a small risk.1 Furthermore, ICA is an expensive procedure and overuse of diagnostic ICA can compete with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and device implantations in hospitals with a single catheter lab. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2010 guidelines on stable chest pain, recommended that patien

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