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Despite advances in percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass grafting remains the most effective intervention for complex coronary artery disease in survival, freedom from reintervention, and cost-effectiveness. To ensure that patients have access to this "gold-standard" treatment, a multidisciplinary team approach, rather than an individual cardiologist acting as a "gatekeeper," should be the standard of care when intervention is necessary, to ensure transparency, real patient choice, and genuine informed consent.

Original publication

DOI

10.1053/j.semtcvs.2009.08.003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg

Publication Date

2009

Volume

21

Pages

196 - 198

Keywords

Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary, Clinical Trials as Topic, Coronary Artery Bypass, Coronary Artery Disease, Humans, Patient Care Team