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National Trends in Coronary Artery Disease Imaging: Associations With Health Care Outcomes and Costs.

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Weir-McCall, Jonathan R 
Williams, Michelle C 
Shah, Anoop SV 
Roditi, Giles 
Rudd, James HF 


BACKGROUND: In 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guideline Number 95 ("Chest pain of recent onset") (CG95) recommended coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as the first-line test for possible angina. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of temporal trends in imaging use on outcomes for coronary artery disease (CAD) following the CG95 recommendations. METHODS: Investigations from 2012 to 2018 were extracted from a national database and linked to hospital admission and mortality registries. Growth rates were adjusted for population size, with image modality use, cardiovascular hospital admissions, and mortality compared using Kendall's rank correlation. The impact of CG95 was assessed using an interrupted time-series analysis. RESULTS: A total of 1,909,314 investigations for CAD were performed, with an annualized per capita growth of 4.8%. Costs were £0.35 million/100,000 population/year with an increase of 2.8%/year mirroring inflation (2.5%/year). CG95 was associated with a rise in CCTA (exp[β]: 1.10; 95% CI: 1.03-1.18), no change in myocardial perfusion imaging, and a potential modest fall (exp[β]: 0.997; 95% CI: 0.993-1.00]) in invasive coronary angiography. There was an apparent trend between computed tomography angiography growth and invasive catheter angiography reduction across regions (Kendall Tau: -0.19; P = 0.08). CCTA growth was associated with a reduction in cardiovascular mortality (Kendall Tau: -0.21; P = 0.045), and ischemic heart disease deaths (Kendall Tau: -0.22; P = 0.042), with an apparent trend with reduced all-cause mortality (Kendall Tau: -0.19; P = 0.07). CONCLUSIONS: Imaging investigations for CAD are increasing. Greater regional increases in CCTA were associated with fewer hospitalizations for myocardial infarction and a more rapid decline in CAD mortality.



coronary artery disease, coronary computed tomography angiography, health care economics, interrupted time series analysis, practice guidelines as topic, Humans, Coronary Artery Disease, Predictive Value of Tests, Angina Pectoris, Coronary Angiography, Computed Tomography Angiography, Delivery of Health Care

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JACC Cardiovasc Imaging

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Elsevier BV
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N014588/1)
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) (unknown)
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) (146281)
National Institute for Health and Care Research (IS-BRC-1215-20014)