JOURNAL OF CARDIAC SURGERY, vol.23, no.2, pp.159-162, 2008 (SCI-Expanded)
The internal thoracic artery (ITA) is the gold-standard conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery. It stays patent well in the long-term period, and this evidence is directly related to the superior later outcome in terms of longevity. Coronary artery bypass grafting with multiarterial grafts can be performed safely, and better long-term result can be expected with the use of arterial conduits, especially ITA. We describe a simple and practical technique for the left ITA grafting by dividing the ITA graft and using its proximal and distal parts in situ for the distal left anterior descending (LAD) artery and the obtuse marginal artery grafting.