Analysis suggests PCI is safe without preprocedural fasting

02/24/2014 | Healio (free registration)

Patients don't need to fast before undergoing PCI, according to a retrospective analysis of data from nearly 2,000 consecutive procedures performed at two U.K. hospitals over a three-year period. Researchers found that PCI was used to successfully treat 95% of the patients, and 88.5% were treated transradially. Of the patient group, 61.5% had acute coronary syndrome and 38.5% had chronic stable angina. None of the patients were ordered to forgo food or fluids, and no aspiration pneumonia was reported during or after the procedure.

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