Percutaneous Revascularization of the Left Main Coronary Artery as Coronary Artery Bypass in High Surgical Risks
Yoseph Rozenman, Chaim Lotan, Hisham Nassar, Mervyn S. Gotsman
Cardiology Dept., Hadassah-University Hospital (Ein Kerem) and Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem
Coronary artery bypass grafting is the treatment of choice for obstructive disease of the left main coronary artery. Its proximal location and easy accessibility make the left main artery an inviting target for percutaneous intervention, an approach contraindicated by the high associated risk. We describe 2 patients at high operative risk in whom the obstructed main coronary artery was successfully revascularized percutaneously. Coronary stenting and rotational ablation of calcified arteries are essential for successful outcome and minimize complications.