The first coronary angiography in Kosovo was completed in 2003. We analyzed coronary angiographies performed in our center from October 2003 until October 2009 divided into two 3-year periods. The aims of our study were: to compare the number of coronary angiographies completed in the two periods; to evaluate the prevalence of normal coronary angiographies diagnosed in the first period compared to the second period; and to assess the prevalence of advanced coronary artery disease in the first three years compared to the last three years. This was a prospective angiography study that included 1,139 patients. The first group had 422 patients, who underwent the angiography procedure during the first three years, and the second group had 717 patients that went through the procedure during the last three years. In the first year, 109 coronary angiographies were completed, followed by 137, 176, 213, 218 and 286 (P<0.001) procedures in the subsequent years. In the first period, a normal or nearnormal coronary artery profile was found in 27% of patients, while this figure rose to approximately 39% in the second period (P=0.004). Advanced coronary artery disease was found in 45% of the patients who underwent coronary angiography during the first three years, whereas this figure was only 24% of cases during the second period (P<0.001). We believe that the availability of specialized resources and the physicians’ familiarity with coronary angiography in our country influenced their decision to refer more patients for this procedure.
Coronary angiography, patient referral for coronary angiography, coronary artery disease.
Aurora Bakalli, Department of Cardiology, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Prishtina and the Cardiology Diagnostic Center- Diagnostika, Vushtrri, Kosovo. Tel. +3184.108.40.206. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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