For stenosis of a single coronary artery, is stenting more effective than medical management?
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In patients without a recent myocardial infarction (MI), angina relief is comparable between current optimal medical therapy and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and these approaches have equivalent rates of MI, emergent cardiac intervention, and mortality. However, in patients who have had a recent MI, a possible survival benefit has been noted for PCI. (SOR: B, extrapolated from meta-analyses of patients with primarily single-vessel disease.)
Evidence Based Practice 14(5): 10.