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Recenti Prog Med. 2012 Mar;103(3):119-27. doi: 10.1701/1046.11403.

[Clinical decision making in left main coronary artery disease revascularization: the past, present and future].

[Article in Italian]

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Divisione di Cardiologia, Ospedale Ferrarotto, Università di Catania.


Left main coronary artery disease revascularization is one of the most debated topics in the setting of interventional cardiology. Although the gold standard therapy for left main disease is coronary artery bypass grafting, growing evidences suggest similar outcomes for percutaneous coronary intervention compared to cardiac surgery. The decision-making process aimed at selecting the best treatment option is a complex task requiring advanced expertise, Heart Team discussion, and risk stratification. The aim of this review is to provide an updated overview of treatment options for left main revascularization, highlighting current indications based on the latest international guidelines, reviewing the most important risk stratification systems with a glimpse to further clinical development in the field.

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