- In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease and, in particular, aortic stenosis. This has been driven in part by the development of innovative therapeutic options and by an aging patient population. We hypothesized an increase in the number of hospitalizations and the economic burden associated with aortic valve disease (AVD). Using Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2000 to 2012, AVD-related hospitalizations were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification, code 424.1, as the principal discharge diagnosis.
- The use of percutaneous aortic balloon balvotomy (PABV) in high surgical risk patients has resurged because of development of less invasive endovascular therapies. We compared outcomes of concomitant PABV and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with PABV alone during same hospitalization using nation's largest hospitalization database. We identified patients and determined time trends using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification, procedure code for valvulotomy from Nationwide Inpatient Sample database 1998 to 2010.
- The increase in the number of carotid artery stenting (CAS) procedures over the last decade has necessitated critical appraisal of procedural outcomes and patterns of utilization including cost analysis. The main objectives of our study were to evaluate the postprocedural mortality and complications after CAS and the patterns of resource utilization in terms of length of stay (LOS) and cost of hospitalization. We queried the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2006 to 2010 using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, procedure code of 00.63 for CAS.