What is the cost-to-benefit ratio of an initial invasive approach for 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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Wallentin et al estimated the cost-to-benefit ratio of an initial invasive approach based on the FRISC II trial. [80] At the cost of 15 extra CABG and 21 PCI procedures, the benefits per 100 patients per year were as follows:

  • 1.7 lives saved

  • 2 MIs prevented

  • 20 readmissions prevented

  • Symptoms relieved earlier and better


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