Korean study finds success in incomplete revascularization

06/7/2011 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

A study led by Dr. Young-Hak Kim of South Korea found that for some patients with multivessel coronary disease, incomplete revascularization using either stenting or surgery was just as effective as complete vascularization. "We should not be shocked by the current findings -- the old hypothesis regarding the black-and-white importance of anatomic complete revascularization has been refined and replaced by a graded spectrum of anatomic, functional, and physiology-guided reasonable incomplete revascularization," writes Dr. Harold Dauerman, of the University of Vermont, in an editorial accompanying the study results in the journal Circulation.

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