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The new 2011 ACCF/AHA Guidelines on Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery: are they different from the 2010 ESC/EACTS Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularisation?

1. Cardiovascular Surgery Department, University Hospital (CHU, ULg) of Liège, Liège, Belgium; 2. Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Hospital da Cruz Vermelha, Lisbon, Portugal; 3. Cardiovascular Center, OLV Ziekenhuis, Aalst, Belgium

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have recently released their new Guidelines for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery1 and for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)2.

Following the example set by the 2010 European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularisation (MR)3, the 2011 ACCF/AHA CABG Guidelines were a joint collaborative effort between surgeons, cardiologists and physicians from other specialties.

However, as opposed to the ESC/EACTS MR Guidelines that provided, for the first time, a joint comprehensive document on the…

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