Does Surgical Therapy Alter the Prognosis of Coronary Heart Disease?
Coronary surgery is a palliative procedure because coronary heart disease is a metabolic disease leading to a reduction or interruption of myocardial blood flow. The obstructing plaques are frequently in the proximal segments; the distal segments are accessible to the surgeon. The accompanying pain, angina pectoris, does not correlate with the extent of vessel involvement. The intensity is rather dependent on individual sensitivity.
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