Aortocoronary bypass surgery: a 7-year follow-up.
Follow-up of 748 consecutive patients who underwent aortocoronary artery bypass grafts was obtained for 5 to 94 months (average, 59 months). Operative mortality of 2.5% did not vary with number of vessels bypassed. There was a linear 3.5% annual recurrence rate of angina, and average annual late infarction rate of 1.4%. The cumulative survival rates did not differ for the number of grafts performed or for men and women, but did differ for left main coronary stenosis and impaired ejection fractions. The late cumulative survival rates for the entire group approached those of the general U.S. population.
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