Israel: Coronary and structural heart interventions from 2010 to 2015

Ariel Finkelstein*, Saar Minha, Ran Kornowski, Haim Danenberg, Shmuel Banai, Haim Lotan, Amit Segev, Israel M. Barbash

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The Israel Heart Society is a member of the European Society of Cardiology, and the Israeli Working Group of Interventional Cardiology is an active participant in EAPCI. The aim of this manuscript is to provide a snapshot of cardiac interventions performed in the State of Israel during the period 2010-2015. Data for this manuscript were collected via collaboration with the National Diseases Registries Unit of the Israel Center for Disease Control. During the survey period, the Israeli population increased by 7% but only one additional hospital with an active cardiac cath-eterisation laboratory was opened. The vast majority of the percutaneous procedures are performed in public hospital settings. Total coronary angiography procedures remained stable throughout the survey period, and the percentage of PCI out of total coronary angiography procedures remained approximately 50% throughout the survey period. More than 90% of the PCI procedures were performed using stent deployment, and the use of drug-eluting stents increased significantly during the survey period from 46% in 2010 to 92% in 2015. The number of TAVI procedures increased dramatically, by more than sixfold, from 130 procedures in 2010 to 851 procedures in 2015 (with 130 implants/million population at Q4 of 2015). The vast majority of interventional cardiology procedures are funded by the governmental healthcare providers, and all the citizens of the country have access to the most advanced cardiac interventions. If corrected for the increase in the population, the volumes of coronary interventions are decreasing throughout the country. However, structural heart disease interventions, and specifically valvular interventions, are growing rapidly and this trend is expected to continue in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Z32-Z36
StatePublished - May 2017


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