Letters To stent or not to stent?

A sterile debate

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39273.655694.BE (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:111
  1. Stephen Westaby, professor, department of cardiac surgery,
  2. Keith Channon, professor of cardiovascular medicine, department of cardiology,
  3. Adrian Banning, consultant, department of cardiology
  1. John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU
  1. swestaby{at}AHF.org.uk

    Did the recent BMJ articles improve the evidence for the superiority of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) over percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as claimed?1 2 3 In 2006 the featured minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass graft (MIDCAB) operation for isolated left anterior descending disease accounted for less than 0.5% of 24 000 CABG procedures in the United Kingdom.1 2 Equally the economic arguments apply to practice and hospital costs 10 years ago,3 …

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