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Radial arteries show CABG survival advantage over saphenous veins

Key clinical point: Radial artery grafting for coronary bypass outperformed saphenous vein conduits for all-cause survival during median follow-up of 10 years.

Major finding: All-cause mortality was 27% lower in patients who got a radial artery graft than it was in those who received saphenous vein grafts.

Study details: An individual patient–level combined analysis of 1,036 patients enrolled in any of five randomized trials that compared radial arteries and saphenous veins as CABG conduits.

Disclosures: The study received no commercial funding. Dr. Gaudino had no disclosures.


Gaudino MFL et al. ACC 20, Abstract 410-11.