In 1990 nearly 8500 patients with coronary artery disease in the UK were treated with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)1 and the number is steadily increasing. In this article we discuss the use of PTCA for the treatment of patients with angina pectoris or acute myocardial infarction, and compare it with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
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