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When PCI Becomes the Backup for Coronary Bypass Surgery

from Medscape

A surprising number of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery will require postprocedure coronary angiography and emergent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) before discharge — a scenario that carries substantial morbidity, mortality and costs — according to a large nationwide study. "There are a lot of studies talking about emergent CABG after failed PCI or complications, but there is really a very limited number of studies, small single centers, talking about the opposite — how often we go and do PCI after CABG," senior author Mohamad Alkhouli, MD, West Virginia Heart and Vascular Institute, Morgantown, told Medscape Cardiology. more

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