SHAHBUDIN H. RAHIMTOOLA, M.D.
Coronary artery disease is the commonest cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States. Coronary bypass surgery relieves myocardial ischemia in most patients (1) and could be applied to many more of them; its wider use would have an important impact on patient care and health care delivery. A Consensus Development Conference was held at the National Institutes of Health on 3-5 December 1980 (2) to consider the status of coronary bypass surgery in relation to five specific questions.
In what context should coronary bypass surgery be considered? There was agreement that comprehensive medical therapy should be initiated in
RAHIMTOOLA SH. A Consensus on Coronary Bypass Surgery. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:272–273. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-272
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):272-273.
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