Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have just published a study that compares the effectiveness of coronary artery bypass surgery with stenting, a less invasive procedure. Vincent DeFilippi, MD, FACS associate clinical professor at Stanford and the medical director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, commented on the study's results. "This study makes it very clear that when determining the best course of treatment for a patient with multi-vessel coronary artery disease, physicians need to consider the person, not just the blockages. What is good for an older patient is not necessarily what's best for a younger patient, and an appropriate procedure for a diabetic patient is not necessarily what will work for a heart patient with no other medical problems. This suggests a fundamental shift in the approach to treating multi-vessel coronary artery disease. The Heart Program at Salinas Valley Memorial encompasses all modalities, and is able to provide stenting and other interventional measures when appropriate, and cardiac surgery minimally invasively for those cases that call for it."
Dr. DeFilippi is also available for comment on this important development in the treatment of heart disease. Please contact me for arrangements.
Details of the study can be found at http://ctsurgery.stanford.edu/about/news/hlatky.html.