Did you know that left main stem disease is identified in 5% of diagnostic angiography cases? The EXCEL trial was a randomised clinical trial published in 2019 which studied left main stem disease of low or intermediate complexity. The trial came under controversy due to its definition of MI, leading to a loss in patient and public trust, and a deterioration in the relationship between the cardiothoracic and PCI communities.

In this month's featured author episode of the ECR Podcast, interventional fellow Dr George Hunter (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bedford, UK) discusses the EXCEL trial from his perspective as a member of the PCI community, based on a recent review paper from the ECR Journal. In this podcast, Dr Hunter discusses the controversy surrounding the trial and the importance of studying left main stem disease in cardiology today.


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12m 40s