Management of coexisting coronary artery and asymptomatic carotid artery disease: Report of a series of patients treated with coronary bypass alone

T. K. Safa, S. Friedman, M. Mehta, O. Rahmani, L. Scher, G. Pogo, M. Hall

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Background: A retrospective chart review of 94 patients with asymptomatic high-grade carotid stenosis undergoing coronary bypass (and valve replacement in some cases) was performed to determine whether significant carotid lesions can be safely ignore in patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures. These operations were performed during a 2-year period. Patients and Methods: There were 55 men and 39 women, with an age range of 37-89 years. Seventy-one patients had unilateral high-grade carotid stenosis, 17 patients had high-grade lesions, and six patients had unilateral high-grade stenosis and contralateral occlusion. Associated medical problems were recorded and short-term follow-up was obtained. Results: There was one perioperative stroke and no deaths in this group of patients. Conclusions: Although these data indicate that high-grade carotid stenoses may be safely ignored during cardiac surgical procedures, a multicentre prospective randomised trial is needed to determine the appropriate treatment of the patient with coexisting carotid and coronary artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1999



  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Coronary bypass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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