Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
Today, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced results from a new survey that found four out of five (81 percent) patients say their lives have changed for the better following angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries and allow blood to circulate freely. Simultaneously, SCAI published a comprehensive review of research on quality of life following angioplasty and stenting. The paper offers recommendations to guide healthcare providers in choosing the best cardiovascular treatment to benefit patients and enhance their quality of life. The consensus paper appears in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI).
Heart disease patients’ quality of life is frequently limited by their symptoms, which may include chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. The survey and paper are part of an effort by SCAI to assess how quality of life is affected by heart disease symptoms and treatment. The online survey, “Living Life to Your Heart’s Content: Patients Speak,” included more than 460 adult heart disease patients in the United States and found those who underwent angioplasty experienced dramatic improvement in quality of life in every one of 10 categories including their ability to perform basic physical activity, opportunities for socializing, sex life, ability to do chores and run errands, participate in hobbies, feel financially secure and improve relationships with spouses/significant others, family and friends.
The survey also found:
“The survey results show a nearly two-fold reduction in symptoms such as chest discomfort and shortness of breath following angioplasty, and many of the patients reported having tried medical therapy for as long as seven to eight years to try and achieve similar results,” said J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, SCAI president. “We see it every day in our patients. They come in with debilitating symptoms that interfere with their quality of life and we are able to get them back to living their lives not long after their procedure.”
The paper, titled “Effect of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Quality of Life: A Consensus Statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions,” highlights recommendations including:
“Today’s survey results reinforce current clinical and scientific research. We’ve reviewed past literature and that, combined with our patients’ perspective, makes a very compelling case for the effectiveness of angioplasty and stenting on improving quality of life,” said lead author James C. Blankenship, MD, FSCAI. “Improving a patient’s quality of life is a key benefit that is important for healthcare providers to evaluate as they work with their patients to determine the best treatment approach.”
The paper underscores many of today’s survey findings, including angioplasty and stenting’s ability to:
“SCAI is dedicated to advancing the treatment of cardiovascular care that benefits quality of life and gets patients back to what they want to be doing,” said Marshall.
The survey was conducted between May 11 and June 21, 2012 on behalf of SCAI by Harris Interactive and surveyed 464 adult heart patients in the United States who underwent scheduled or unscheduled angioplasty, stenting or heart bypass surgery in the past three years. “Effect of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Quality of Life: A Consensus Statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions,” is available via http://www.scai.org.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit http://www.scai.org or http://www.SecondsCount.org.
About the survey:
The “Living Life to Your Heart’s Content: Patients Speak” patient perception and experience survey was conducted online between May 11 and June 21, 2012, by Harris Interactive on behalf of SCAI among 464 U.S. adults who had a scheduled or unscheduled angioplasty, stenting or heart bypass surgery within the past three years, including those who had a heart attack within the past three years and an unscheduled PCI or CABG. Results were weighted by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, income and propensity to be online where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.
The survey was developed with support from Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific and Medtronic. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.