Is hybrid coronary revascularization favored by cardiologists or cardiac surgeons?

Giuseppe D'Ancona, Thomas A. Vassiliades, W. Douglas Boyd, Harry W. Donias, Kenneth D. Stahl, Hratch Karamanoukian

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We investigated the present use of integrated coronary revascularization (ICR) by interviewing a sample of United States invasive cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Both groups still favor left internal mammary artery (LIMA) grafting to revascularize the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. There remains a lack of exposure to and acceptance of ICR, especially for surgeons. We report the findings of this national survey of 180 cardiologists and 160 surgeons, as they may serve as an indicator of the current opinions about ICR and its future applicability as a standard method of coronary artery revascularization. We discuss the limited popularity of minimally invasive hybrid procedures and the importance of further exposing cardiologists and surgeons to ICR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalHeart Surgery Forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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