Insights from recent clinical trial testing revascularization strategies have interested interventional cardiologists in optimal medical therapy and secondary prevention modalities. As no large-scale survey has been recently conducted, this report presents the results of a nationwide survey on interventionists’ concerns regarding secondary prevention after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and discusses medical support system needs in Japan. A questionnaire to assess the status and challenges of secondary prevention interventions by interventional cardiologists during outpatient visits was supplied to Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (CVIT)-certificated hospitals. This was answered by representative cardiologists of each hospital and comprised three queries: (1) the necessity of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to promote post-PCI lifestyle guidance; (2) the feasibility of providing lifestyle guidance; and (3) the barriers to lifestyle guidance, during outpatient visits. Questions 1 and 2 were answered using a 5-point Likert scale. Survey responses were received from 391 hospitals (54.9% of 712 CVIT-certificated facilities). For Question 1, 327 hospitals (84.1%) answered “agree”, and 386 hospitals (98.7%) answered “agree” or “somewhat agree”. For Question 2, 10% of hospitals answered “agree”, and "agree" and "somewhat agree" amounted to less than 50%. For Question 3, 83.5% of the facilities answered lack of time as the major reason). The next reasons included an early reverse referral to family doctors after PCI, and a lack of managerial advantage (60% and 40% of the hospitals, respectively). In conclusion, interventionists are concerned about secondary prevention for their patients. The issues clarified in the survey will be important for developing next-generation secondary prevention systems.
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Coronary artery disease
- Secondary prevention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine