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Similar Outcomes in Diabetes Patients After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting With Single Internal Thoracic Artery Plus Radial Artery Grafting and Bilateral Internal Thoracic Artery Grafting
This CCF retrospective study compared outcomes for diabetic patients undergoing CABG who received either (1) bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafts or (2) single internal thoracic artery (SITA) plus radial artery (RA) grafts during CABG. A total of 1,325 patients over a 17-year period were included in the analysis, with a median follow-up of 7.4 years. Results: For propensity-matched patients, in-hospital outcomes and long-term survival were similar in the two groups.
Question: For diabetic patients, should the choice of BITA vs. SITA + RA be considered equivalent? Why or why not?