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CURRENT ISSUETHE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY

A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery

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Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0021-9509

Online ISSN 1827-191X

 

The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2009 February;50(1):55-62

MANAGEMENT OF THE “POLYVASCULAR PATIENT”
Concomitant carotid and coronary artery disease
Carotid stenosis and concomitant coronary artery disease 

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Revascularization strategy in patients with severe concurrent severe carotid and coronary artery disease: “Failure to move forward is reason to regress”

Van Der Heyden J. 1, Suttorp M. J. 1, Schepens M. A. A. M. 2

1 Department of Interventional Cardiology St.-Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein The Netherlands
2 Department of Cardiothoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery St.-Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

In the absence of randomized trials, the optimal management of patients with concomitant carotid and coronary artery disease remains disputable. The initial studies of combined or staged carotid endarterectomy in these patients were conceived in an attempt to reduce perioperative mortality. Although encouraging results have been reported with combined carotid endarterectomy and cardiac surgery, this combination requires long operative times and remains a surgical challenge. Recent studies have shown that carotid angioplasty and stenting prior to cardiac surgery is a feasible and effective minimal invasive technique. However, the effect of carotid stenting on the incidence of death and stroke after cardiac surgery is indistinct. Carotid stenting followed by cardiac surgery may provide a valuable treatment for patients with combined carotid and cardiac disease. The high rate of freedom from death and stroke during follow-up supports the long-term durability of this strategy. In the present review, we highlight the available data on carotid stenting and cardiac surgery.

language: English


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