Surgery for Myocardial Ischemia and Complications of Myocardial Infarction

  • Denton A. Cooley
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (SIPC)


The era of open-heart surgery by extracorporeal circulation began during the 1950’s1–4. As techniques of bypass became simplified and as non-blood prime techniques were introduced, the method came into widespread use. Not until the late 1970’s, however, when coronary bypass surgery was introduced, did expansion in open-heart surgery extend to hospitals which previously had not been identified as centers for treatment of heart disease. In the year 1980, 171,667 open-heart operations were performed in 636 hospitals throughout the United States, and fully two-thirds were for treatment of coronary arterial disease and its complications5.


Mitral Regurgitation Ventricular Septal Defect Coronary Bypass Internal Mammary Artery Cardioplegic Solution 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Denton A. Cooley
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke’s EpiscopalTexas Children’s HospitalsHoustonUSA

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