Journal article

Effect of radial artery or saphenous vein conduit for the second graft on 6-year clinical outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting. Results of a randomised trial

Phitip AR Hayward, David L Hare, Ian Gordon, Brian F Buxton

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: In order to determine the best conduit for coronary targets other than the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, long-term clinical outcomes following revascularisation with a radial artery or saphenous vein graft were evaluated as part of the radial artery patency and clinical outcomes (RAPCO) study. METHODS: As part of the RAPCO protocol for this prospective, randomised, single-centre trial, patients aged over 70 years undergoing primary CABG were randomly assigned to use of a radial artery (n=113) or saphenous vein (n=112) to revascularise the best non-LAD coronary vessel. Follow-up was annual. Primary clinical end-points were death, myocardial infarction or need for revascul..

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