Harvard Heart Letter

Teamwork in angioplasty-bypass decisions

Updated guidelines for using bypass surgery or angioplasty to treat blocked cardiac arteries emphasize collaboration between two separate committees — one for angioplasty and one for bypass. This signals a shift away from competition between two cardiology specialties — interventionalists, who perform angioplasty, and cardiac surgeons, who perform bypass surgery — toward a collaborative approach designed to improve outcomes.
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