Left anterior descending coronary endarterectomy: early and late results in 196 consecutive patients.

@article{Byrne2004LeftAD,
  title={Left anterior descending coronary endarterectomy: early and late results in 196 consecutive patients.},
  author={John G. Byrne and Alexandros N. Karavas and Tomas Gudbjartson and Marzia Leacche and James D. Rawn and Gregory Stephen Couper and Robert J Rizzo and Lawrence Harvey Cohn and Sary F. Aranki},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={78 3},
  pages={867-73; discussion 873-4}
}
BACKGROUND With advances in percutaneous coronary interventions, many patients now referred for coronary artery bypass grafting have diffuse coronary artery disease. We undertook this retrospective study to determine whether left anterior descending (LAD) coronary endarterectomy is a safe and effective long-term adjunct to coronary artery bypass grafting in patients who cannot otherwise be completely revascularized. METHODS Between January 1992 and March 2000, 196 of 7,633 (2.5%) consecutive… CONTINUE READING

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