Simultaneous carotid endarterectomy and coronary artery bypass surgery in Canada.
Hill MD., Shrive FM., Kennedy J., Feasby TE., Ghali WA.
Stroke neurologists are commonly asked to review patients who require coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) but who also have comorbid severe carotid stenosis; such patients may be offered simultaneous carotid endarterectomy (CEA). In Canada, 0.51% of CABG procedures were combined CEA-CABG. The adjusted stroke and death rate was 2.67-fold greater in the combined CEA-CABG group compared to CABG alone. Randomized trials of the combined procedure are needed.