NCDR Study Shows Bleeding Associated With In-Hospital Mortality Following PCI
Major bleeding events are associated with significantly increased in-hospital mortality following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a study published on March 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The authors note that post-procedural bleeding remains a common complication following PCI, and increases cost and length of hospitalization. "These findings … suggest that bleeding avoidance strategies are of greatest benefit and therefore should be preferentially used in higher-risk patients to reduce the risk of major bleeding complications and bleeding-rate mortality after PCI," the authors conclude. Further, "these data also affirm the importance of using validated risk assessment tools to accurately estimate bleeding risk and guide treatment strategy for all patients undergoing PCI," they add.
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