Original communication| Volume 81, ISSUE 3, P302-304, March 1977

Myocardial revascularization prior to subsequent major surgery in patients with coronary artery disease

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      Of our series of patients undergoing direct myocardial revascularization, we selected 60 patients who had subsequent major surgical and cardiovascular operative procedures. Thirteen of these patients had a second subsequent operative procedure, and four of the original 60 patients had a third subsequent operation. None of the patients died during the subsequent operation and none sustained a myocardial infarction. During the 77 subsequent procedures, there were eight different episodes of cardiac complications: seven patients had supraventricular arrhythmias and one patient had acute pulmonary edema. All patients responded to medical therapy. These results are suggestive that myocardial revascularization should be performed prior to other major indicated operative procedures in patients with documented coronary artery disease.
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