Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD
- Recent randomized controlled trial compared early intervention (PCI/CABG) to medical management for those diagnosed with moderate to severe cardiac ischemia on stress testing
- Primary outcome was a composite of death from cardiovascular causes, myocardial infarction, or hospitalization for unstable angina, heart failure, or resuscitated cardiac arrest
- Secondary outcome was death from cardiovascular causes or myocardial infarction.
- The study reported that patients who had more aggressive invasive procedures early on in treatment had a 2% increase in poor outcomes in the immediate period after intervention (6 months) but long term had a 2% decrease in poor outcomes.
- Overall the mortality was essentially identical between the two groups