Journal article

Giant Leaps in Surgical Myocardial Revascularisation

James Tatoulis

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

There have been dramatic advances in Coronary Artery Bypass graft surgery over the past 45 years. Coronary artery bypass grafting with saphenous vein grafts, was a highly reproducible procedure effective in alleviating angina. Its usefulness was compromised by myo proliferative change and atheromatous changes in the saphenous vein grafts resulting in reduced graft patency (50-60%) and survival (60-70%) at 10 years. Introduction of the left internal thoracic artery to the left anterior ascending artery was a significant advance resulting in less recurrent angina, fewer cardiac events improved patency (> 90%) and survival (80-90%) 10 years postoperatively. The left internal thoracic artery to ..

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