Double grafting of the left anterior descending artery: is the distance between the internal mammary artery and supplemental vein graft anastomoses relevant in graft survival?

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INTRODUCTION Under certain conditions (small internal mammary artery (IMA) or large runoff), double grafting of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery system is necessary to avoid the ominous consequences of myocardial hypoperfusion. Previous studies have shown that a saphenous vein (SVG) adjacent to an IMA graft leads to failure of the IMA. This study… (More)

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