What is the role of revascularization in the treatment of unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Patients at moderate to high risk for adverse events, such as persons with ST depression greater than 1 mm on ECG, troponin positivity or non–Q-wave myocardial infarction (NQMI), or chest pain refractory to medical therapy, should be scheduled for cardiac catheterization with likely revascularization within the next 48 hours. The TACTICS/TIMI-18 trial showed that this early invasive strategy reduced 30-day rates of death, MI, or rehospitalization for unstable angina from 19.4% to 15.9%. [32]

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