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Vol. 150 No. 1516 (2020)

Coronary and structural heart interventions in Switzerland 2018

  • Thomas Nestelberger
  • Raphael Twerenbold
  • Stéphane Cook
  • Oliver Gaemperli
  • Pascal Meier
  • Olivier Mueller
  • Fabian Nietlispach
  • Lorenz Räber
  • Daniel Weilenmann
  • Raban Jeger
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Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20200


Since the first coronary angioplasty by Andreas Grüntzig in Zurich in 1977, the number of cardiac interventional procedures has steadily increased. The aim of this report is to summarise the state of catheter-based cardiac interventions in adults in Switzerland in 2018. Since 1987, the Working Group Interventional Cardiology of the Swiss Society of Cardiology has collected annually aggregate data from all facilities with cardiac catheterisation laboratories in the country, currently 36 institutions in 17 cantons of Switzerland. Over past years, the numbers of coronary angiography procedures (CAs) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) increased steadily reaching 57,309 for CA and 27,318 for PCI in 2018. Among structural heart interventions, a broad spectrum of transcatheter procedures is currently available in Switzerland. Numbers of transcatheter aortic valve implantations similarly increased, with 1781 implantations in 2018.


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