Internal thoracic artery for coronary artery grafting in octogenarians.

  title={Internal thoracic artery for coronary artery grafting in octogenarians.},
  author={Rohinton J. Morris and Michael J. Strong and Kristin Grunewald and M L Kuretu and Louis E. Samuels and J. Yasha Kresh and Stanley K. Brockman},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={62 1},
BACKGROUND Use of the left internal thoracic artery as a bypass graft has been shown to result in better long-term patency and improved survival. In elderly patients, the internal thoracic artery has been used less often for coronary artery bypass grafts because of the belief that greater morbidity and mortality are associated with this procedure. This study was undertaken to test this premise in the octogenarian population. METHODS Over an 8-year period, 474 consecutive patients 80 years of… CONTINUE READING
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