Current trends in coronary revascularization

Shannon M. Dunlay, Charanjit S. Rihal, Thoralf M. Sundt, Yariv Gerber, Véronique L. Roger*

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The options for coronary revascularization broadened in recent years with the introduction of bare-metal stents in the 1990s and drug-eluting stents in 2003. Since then, the rates of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have increased whereas the use of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has decreased. Although historically there have been disparities in the use of revascularization procedures in women, the elderly, and nonwhite patients, there is some evidence to suggest these gaps have narrowed in recent years. In any given clinical circumstance, there is ongoing debate as to whether PCI or CABG is the more appropriate revascularization method depending on coronary anatomy, ventricular function, and associated conditions. Also, trends in coronary revascularization are potentially influenced by emerging clinical evidence and new technologies, national guidelines and appropriateness criteria, procedure reimbursement, and changes in the population being treated. Accordingly, it is unclear whether the trend in increased use of PCI versus CABG will continue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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