Patency of the radial artery graft: angiographic study in 209 symptomatic patients operated between 1995 and 2002 and review of the current literature.
Pallav J Shah, Siven Seevanayagam, Alex Rosalion, Ian Gordon, John Fuller, Jai S Raman, Manoj Durairaj, Brian F Buxton
Heart, Lung & Circulation | Published : 2004
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to define the long-term patency of the radial artery (RA) graft and review the current literature. METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-six RA symptom-directed graft angiograms were studied in 209 patients. The preoperative patient characteristics and intraoperative variables were collected prospectively from patients who had primary coronary artery bypass grafting between 1995 and 2002. A total of 166 (79%) patients were male with a mean age of 65 years. The mean period from operation to re-angiogram was 35 months. Actuarial techniques are not valid in graft patency studies as the time when the graft occluded is not known. Therefore, RA patency was analyz..View full abstract