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Some comments on the indications for the coronary artery bypass graft operation.
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PMID:  2071247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the indications for coronary artery bypass grafting are clear in some subsets of patients (left main coronary artery, 3-vessel disease with impaired left ventricular function), in others considerable uncertainty persists and is related to lack of sufficient information for making patient specific comparisons of outcomes after competing forms of treatment. These comparisons need to be time related, and to emphasize not only the treatment providing the most favorable outcome, but also the magnitude of the difference in outcome as well as the degree of certainty that the difference is not related to chance alone. With appropriate data, analyses can be performed to provide highly useful patient specific comparisons of outcomes after competing forms of treatment. Such predictions and comparisons suggest the possibility that coronary artery bypass grafting would ideally be indicated while left ventricular function remains good but extensive 3-vessel disease exists. In the future, emergency coronary artery bypass grafting operations, and other special modes for myocardial management, may play a more frequent role in preserving left ventricular function in patients with acute myocardial infarctions.
J W Kirklin; R L Frye; E H Blackstone; D C Naftel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of cardiology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0167-5273     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1991 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-21     Completed Date:  1991-08-21     Revised Date:  2006-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200291     Medline TA:  Int J Cardiol     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-30; discussion 31-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine 35924.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Bypass*
Coronary Disease / physiopathology,  surgery*
Ventricular Function, Left

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