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Pay-Per-View: Get to the heart of percutaneous coronary procedures

APCs Insider, August 6, 2010

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Approximately 81.1 million Americans have at least one form of cardiovascular disease and 17.6 million have coronary heart disease, according to American Heart Association statistics released in 2009. Those numbers are up from the 79.4 million with cardiovascular disease and 15.8 million with coronary heart disease reported in 2007. As a result, more outpatients may require surgical intervention.

Percutaneous coronary (or cardiac) interventions (PCI) treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart. PCI can be primary or elective, but not in the same way other procedures are, said Betty Johnson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPCD, president and CEO of Betty Johnson & Associates, Inc., in Palos Hills, IL.

Continue reading “Get to the heart of percutaneous coronary procedures” on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the August issue.

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