TAR and the Y-graft: the golden myth, the tragic reality.

  title={TAR and the Y-graft: the golden myth, the tragic reality.},
  author={J Mazaira Alvarez},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={19 4},
The raison d'eÃtre of total arterial revascularisation (TAR), namely using arterial grafts to non left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) territories, is the achievement of the patency rates obtained by grafting the pedicled internal mammary artery (PIMA) to the LAD. Grafting the PIMA to the LAD is the single most important technical factor, in experienced hands, determining the long-term success of the coronary bypass operation (CABG). Moreover, the excellent long term patency rates of… CONTINUE READING