Expert Sources Available Re: JAMA Article on OFF-PUMP Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.
WHAT: Results of the Surgical Management of Arterial
Revascularization Therapies (SMART) Trial published in
the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA) indicate "beating heart"
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery has similar
outcomes and results in lower costs after one year when
compared to traditional bypass surgery performed with
the use of a heart-lung machine.
WHY: Coronary artery bypass grafting is performed to bypass
arteries that have become blocked due to build up of
fatty deposits. Traditionally, the patient's heart is
stopped and a heart-lung machine takes over the heart's
blood pumping functions during the surgery.
Approximately 30 percent of coronary artery bypass
surgeries performed in the United States each year are
performed "off-pump," where the heart is beating
throughout the surgery, and devices are used to
stabilize the heart while the surgeon grafts a vein or
artery onto the heart to bypass a blockage.
Guidant Corp. , a world leader in the
treatment of cardiac and vascular disease, is committed
to the development of devices for use during beating
heart surgery and strongly supports the procedure,
based upon data from more than 1,200 peer-reviewed
WHO: Maria Degois-Sainz - President, Cardiac Surgery,
Michael J. Mack, MD - Medical Director, Cardiovascular
Disease and Transplantation, Columbia Medical City
Dallas Hospital, Dallas TX
Daniel Beckman, MD - Surgical Director, Cardiovascular
Critical Care, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
Mark W. Connolly, MD - Director, Cardiovascular and
Thoracic Surgery, Heart & Vascular Institute,
Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark NJ
NOTE TO EDITORS: Animation of the beating heart bypass procedure is
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PRNewswire -- April 20