CHARLES B. MULLINS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Coronary artery disease afflicts 5% of the adults in the United States; 3.1 million Americans between ages 18 and 79 definitely have coronary artery disease and another 2.4 million are suspected of having the disease. There are in excess of 1 million myocardial infarctions per year in our country, a mortality rate approaching 40%.
The development of aortocoronary venous bypass grafting has provided the potential for immediate revascularization of ischemic myocardium. With such statistics and a technically feasible surgical procedure, it is no wonder that the performance of direct surgical procedures on the coronary vessels has reached almost "epidemic" proportions;
MULLINS CB. Evaluation of Coronary Artery Surgery-One Step Forward. Ann Intern Med. ;78:447–448. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-3-447
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(3):447-448.
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