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Better Cardiac Care

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There is substantial evidence that coronary angioplasty and the placement of stents sometimes occurs without sufficient diagnostic testing or clinical justification – and where other effective treatment options are available. In early 2009, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Coronary Revascularization. The criteria identify many indications where there are multiple “good options” and where fully informed patients should be key partners in selecting the most appropriate course of care. The Better Cardiac Care project works with doctors and patients to help give them the tools they need to work together, discussing and assessing treatment options and deciding on the best course of care. For more information, contact Kate Chenok at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .