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1991 Publications

Evaluation of patients for coronary artery bypass surgery: the role of exercise Coplan NL. - last modified 2013-05-16 11:55
Am Heart J. 1991 Dec;122(6):1800-2.


The indications for coronary artery bypass graft

(CABG) surgery in asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic

patients have undergone continuing change

as the result of large multicenter randomized trials.

The parameters most commonly used for stratifying

patients with respect to potential benefit from CABG

are the extent of coronary artery disease and the degree

of left ventricular dysfunction present. Although

the exercise test has been shown to provide useful

information for assessing prognosis in patients with

coronary disease, exercise testing has not been

consistently used in conjunction with angiography

for determining whether patients with coronary disease

should have medical or surgical therapy. The

purpose of this communication is to evaluate whether

the results from exercise testing are useful for determining

a patient’s potential benefit from CABG surgery.