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Coronary artery bypass graft surgery: Long-term clinical outcomes

Sary Aranki, MD
Julian M Aroesty, MD
Section Editors
Gabriel S Aldea, MD
Edward Verrier, MD
Bernard J Gersh, MB, ChB, DPhil, FRCP, MACC
Deputy Editor
Gordon M Saperia, MD, FACC


Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is recommended for patients with obstructive coronary artery disease whose survival will be improved compared to medical therapy or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In addition, other patients with angina refractory to medical therapy may receive a recommendation for CABG if PCI cannot be performed. The procedure involves the construction of one or more grafts between the arterial and coronary circulations.

This topic addresses issues related to late survival following CABG. The following issues are discussed separately:

Operative mortality (see "Operative mortality after coronary artery bypass graft surgery")

Early noncardiac complications (see "Early noncardiac complications of coronary artery bypass graft surgery")

Medical therapy to prevent complications (see "Medical therapy to prevent complications after coronary artery bypass graft surgery")

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