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November 1971

Direct Coronary Arterial Revascularization: Treatment of Cardiac Failure Associated With Coronary Artery Disease

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, medicine, and radiology, Harvard Medical School, and the general surgical, medical, and radiologic services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(5):529-534. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350110027003

Forty patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and cardiac failure due to coronary artery disease have undergone direct coronary arterial revascularization with a hospital mortality of 15% and late mortality of 7%. Of the 31 survivors, 80% have had good or excellent clinical results with significant improvement in left ventricular function.