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In addition to optimal medical therapy, some patients with coronary artery disease also require intervention on symptomatic and/or prognostic grounds. The debate over the relative efficacies of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and stenting has recently been settled by the publication of the five-year outcomes of the SYNTAX and FREEDOM (in patients with diabetes) trials accompanied by supportive data from several large registries. There is also current evidence that stenting is still carried out in patients who would be better served by CABG, emphasizing the need for recommendations for intervention to be overseen by a multidisciplinary team rather than the individual practitioner.

Original publication

DOI

10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2013.07.20

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ann Cardiothorac Surg

Publication Date

07/2013

Volume

2

Pages

431 - 434

Keywords

Coronary artery bypass grafting, FREEDOM, SYNTAX, heart team, stents