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Online ISSN 1827-191X
THE MULTIFOCAL ATHEROSCLEROTIC PATIENT
DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT IN 2003
III. MANAGEMENT OF THE “POLYVASCULAR PATIENT”
1. CONCOMITANT CAROTID AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE
B. Myocardial revascularization and concomitant carotid artery disease
Naylor A. R., Bell P. R. F.
Department of Vascular Surgery Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
The management of patients with combined carotid and coronary artery disease remains controversial, largely because of a lack of high quality natural history studies in patients with asymptomatic carotid disease undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass surgery. To date, practice ranges from never recommending additional intervention to a more aggressive policy of prophylactic carotid endarterectomy. For surgeons in the latter group, the only remaining debate is whether CEA should be staged or synchronous. This paper reviews the rationales and available evidence for managing the cardiac patient with asymptomatic carotid disease and is largely based on the findings of 2 recently published systematic re-views on the subject. These reviews suggest that a reappraisal of practice is necessary before the indiscriminate implementation of carotid angioplasty further complicates interpretation of the already poor quality data available.