Since the inception of balloon angioplasty in the early 1980s, the field
of interventional cardiology has enjoyed explosive growth. It is estimated
that more than 1.3 million percutaneous coronary revascularization procedures
were performed worldwide in 1999, considerably more than the approximately
700,000 coronary artery bypass graft operations.1
Important limitations of balloon angioplasty, however, include the risk of
uncontrolled plaque disruption, leading to periprocedural coronary occlusion
and myocardial infarction, and a 20% to 40% incidence of recurrent narrowing
(restenosis) during the 6 to 12 months following successful revascularization.2 A variety of new technologies have been developed
to overcome these limitations, the most successful of which has been the coronary
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 11
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.