A technique for evaluating competitive flow for intraoperative decision making in coronary artery surgery

Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Dec;76(6):2118-20. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(03)00652-0.


The effect of native coronary competitive flow on the patency of arterial and saphenous vein grafts is controversial. We use a simple intraoperative technique to evaluate competitive flow that allows us to make informed intraoperative decisions regarding anastomotic quality, vessel runoff, and competing native coronary blood flow.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Flow Velocity
  • Coronary Artery Bypass*
  • Coronary Circulation*
  • Coronary Disease / pathology
  • Coronary Disease / surgery
  • Coronary Vessels / pathology
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Male
  • Middle Aged