High-dose isosorbide dinitrate for myocardial revascularization with composite arterial grafts

Jacob Gurevitch*, Hylton I. Miller, Itzhak Shapira, Amir Kramer, Yosef Paz, Menachem Matsa, Rephael Mohr, Vladimir Yakirevich

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Background. Composite arterial grafting for myocardial revascularization is a surgical technique in which free arterial conduits are proximally attached to an in situ internal mammary artery. Methods. Composite arterial grafting was performed in 78 patients with internal mammary artery (n = 24), inferior epigastric artery (n = 21), or radial artery (n = 33) connected to the internal mammary artery. Overall, 254 distal anastomoses were performed (average numher, 3.3 per patient), 225 of which were arterial. All patients were treated postoperatively with high-dose isosorbide dinitrate (4 to 20 mg/h for 24 hours). Results. The in-hospital mortality rate was 2.6% (2 patients). Early recatheterization studies performed 3 weeks (range, 1 to 20 weeks) after operation in 30 patients demonstrated patency rates of 100%, 93%, and 100% for the composite internal mammary artery, inferior epigastric artery, and radial artery groups, respectively. In addition, two inferior epigastric artery conduits had major intraluminal constriction. At a mean follow-up of 20 months (range, 1 to 42 months) all patients are alive, and all but 2 in the inferior epigastric group (97%) are angina free. Conclusious. This surgical technique can be safely used. On the basis of our experience, the right internal mammary artery and the radial artery are the most suitable conduits for this procedure. High-dose nitrates given perioperatively prevent spasm and ensure early patency rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-387
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1997


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