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Coronary Revascularization

We oversee, fund and evaluate coronary revascularization services in BC.
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Medical procedures related to coronary revascularization include diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis

  • diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • select specialized interventional cardiology procedures

Treatment

  • coronary angioplasty and/or stent placement (also known as percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI)
  • coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

These services are offered at:

  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria)
  • Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)
  • St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver)
  • Vancouver General Hospital
Program highlights

Coronary revascularization is a medical treatment for coronary artery disease, accounting for the highest volume of cardiac procedures funded by Cardiac Services BC. Similar to other Canadian provinces, there are regional variations across BC in the use of interventional cardiology and heart surgery procedures, as well as in patient outcomes.

We are working to improve care for coronary artery disease patients focusing on: benefiting patient health, improving the patient experience and making more efficient use of resources.

Cardiac Services BC annually reviews outcomes of PCI and CABG surgery to reduce unnecessary variation and improve patient care.

We are also strengthening the provincial management and delivery of cardiovascular perfusionist resources (specialized health professionals who operate the heart-lung machine during heart surgery). 

Procedure volumes

In 2014/15, BC's cardiac centres performed the following cardiac procedures, funded by Cardiac Services BC:

  • 19,915 cathlab procedures (includes diagnostic catheterizations and PCI)
  • 2,038 isolated (CABG) surgeries
  • 3,844 heart surgeries (including isolated CABG)

Cardiac Services BC monitors multiple aspects of heart disease and health system statistics in BC, including wait times and patient outcomes for these procedures.

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