Coronary artery revascularisation: selecting the appropriate strategy
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Author; Internal Medicine Journal © 2013 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 18–22, January 2013
How to Cite
Adams, M. R. (2013), Coronary artery revascularisation: selecting the appropriate strategy. Internal Medicine Journal, 43: 18–22. doi: 10.1111/imj.12020
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 28 JUN 2012
- percutaneous coronary intervention;
- coronary artery bypass graft;
- coronary stent
Advances in interventional cardiology, particularly in better efficacy and safety of drug-eluting stents, have made percutaneous coronary revascularisation practical for most patients requiring revascularisation. While this has reduced the perceived need for coronary bypass surgery, it has also focused attention on the appropriate use of coronary stents and the complexity of choosing the right revascularisation strategy. To achieve the best outcomes, it would seem that collaboration rather than competition between cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists is necessary.