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Advances in Interventional Cardiology/Postępy w Kardiologii Interwencyjnej
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vol. 14
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Percutaneous interventions in cardiology in Poland in the year 2017. Summary report of the Association of Cardiovascular Interventions of the Polish Cardiac Society AISN PTK and Jagiellonian University Medical College

Dariusz Dudek, Zbigniew Siudak, Jacek Legutko, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Jacek Bil, Maciej Dąbrowski, Michał Hawranek, Zenon Huczek, Paweł Kralisz, Tomasz Roleder, Stanisław Bartuś, Wojciech Wojakowski

Adv Interv Cardiol 2018; 14, 4 (54): 422–424
Online publish date: 2018/10/19
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Data on interventional cardiology procedures have been published annually in Poland since the introduction of the national percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) database ORPKI in 2004 [1–3]. The electronic data capture and constantly modified registry aiming to address the new challenges is operated by the Jagiellonian University Medical College, and 161 interventional cardiology centers in Poland have joined it as of 2018. Out of these 161 centers, 151 are formally accredited by AISN PTK and there are currently 570 PCI operators in Poland.
In comparison to 2016, there was a significant decrease in the total reported number of coronary angiographies in Poland. There were 198 362 angiographies in 2017 (a decrease by 7.6% compared to 2016) – Figure 1 – which makes it 5153 per 1 million inhabitants per year. This trend has been observed ever since 2015 and current numbers correspond to that of the year 2011. On the other hand, in 2017 we have observed another 2% increase in the use of the radial approach for coronary angiography (84%), also with high prevalence among ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients (75%). Complications of coronary angiography are still rare in 2017 and are presented in Table I.
The total reported number of PCI procedures was 114 282 and is lower than in 2016 by 6% (2983 PCIs per 1 million inhabitants per year) – Figure 1. A similar trend is observed as for coronary angiographies and the 2017 PCI number correspond to that of 2011. As many as 36% of these PCIs are performed for acute myocardial infarction (19% STEMI and 17% non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)), 30% for unstable angina and the remaining 32% for stable angina. The number of primary PCIs per 1 million inhabitants per year is currently 570 in Poland. When analyzing the subsets, there were 21 933 primary PCIs in the STEMI setting, 19 570 in NSTEMI and 34 627 in unstable angina, which is altogether 76 130 PCIs in ACS (67% of all PCIs in Poland in 2017).
Drug-eluting stents during PCI were used in 98% of cases with only 219 bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) stents implanted (0.2% of all PCIs). A shift from BVS use to traditional metallic stents has been observed since 2016. Aspiration thrombectomy was rare and used in only 2505 STEMI cases, which corresponds to a 5% decrease in comparison to 2016. However, a substantial increase in use of guideline-recommended ticagrelor as an adjunct...

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