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Int J Cardiol. 1998 Jan 31;63(2):151-3.

Coronary collaterals in patients with normal and impaired left ventricular systolic function.

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Division of Cardiology, Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel.


One hundred and twenty consecutive patients with significant coronary artery disease, normal left ventricular systolic function and coronary collaterals (group A) were compared to 120 patients with the same characteristics but with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (group B). No significant differences were found between the two groups on age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and smoking. The left ventricular end diastolic pressure was 16+/-7 in group A, and 24+/-9 in group B (P<0.01). The number of diseased vessels was similar in both groups. More completely occluded vessels were found in group B (155 vs. 101 in group A). No significant difference was detected between the two groups in the distribution of the diseased vessels. In both groups, the richest collateral supply was to the right coronary artery, followed by collaterals to the left anterior descending. The poorest supply was to the left circumflex. In conclusion, patients with normal and abnormal left ventricular systolic function have similar coronary collateral characteristics.

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