Kadriye Memic Sancar1, Yelda Tayyareci1, Nuran Yazicioglu2, Bingul Dilekci Sahin1, Omer Yildiz2, Selen Yurdakul2, Cavlan Ciftci1

1Istanbul Bilim University, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey
2Florence Nightingale Hospital, Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: coronary artery disease, heart disease risk factors, coronary artery bypass grafting.


Objectives: The postoperative success of coronary artery bypass grafting depends on graft patency rate. The atherosclerotic process goes on in native arteries and bypass grafts of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of preoperative cardiovascular risk factors and the extensity of atherosclerosis detected by coronary angiography on long-term graft survival after the operation.

Patients and Methods: We included 974 patients (738 males, 236 females, mean age 57.9 ± 9.0 years) who underwent isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery between the years 1990-2010 and coronary angiography due to various reasons during their follow-ups. The cardiovascular risk factors of the patients were found and the extensity of coronary artery disease in the coronary angiographies performed before the operation were determined by calculating Gensini Score Index. The effect of these results on graft patency was analyzed.

Results: As a result of coronary angiography, overall graft patency rates were found to be 52.6%, 64.6%, and 38.4% in the 1st, 5th and 10th years, respectively. Arterial grafts showed better patency rates than venous grafts in both short-term (1st year) and long-term (5th and 10th years). Independent cardiovascular risk factors were age (beta:0.006, p=0.001), smoking (beta:0.101, p=0.003), and family history (beta:0.063, p=0.03) for all occluded grafts. Diabetes Mellitus (beta:0.03, p=0.02) and Gensini Score Index (beta:0.01, p=0.03) were associated with occluded left internal mammary artery graft. Age (beta:0.05, p=0.002), smoking ((beta:0.073, p=0.002), and Gensini Score Index (beta:0.001, p=0.002) were associated with occluded saphenous vein graft. Smoking (beta:0.047, p=0.001), family history (beta:0.033, p=0.013), and Gensini Score Index (beta:0.001, p=0.001) were associated with occluded right internal mammary artery graft.

Conclusion: According to short and long-term results of a large group of patients, graft atherosclerosis was associated with cardiovascular risk factors, the extensity of coronary atherosclerosis, type and duration of graft. Today, primary and secondary cardiovascular risk factors should be improved to achieve higher long-term graft patency rates.