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Is there a significant difference between getting arteries from your arm for heart bypass instead of veins from your leg?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Maybe better: There is debate in cardiovascular surgery whether radial arteries have better long term results than saphenous vein grafts. Assuming the surgeon is experienced in handling the radial artery, the results are at least as good as vein grafts and maybe better over the long run.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Yes: The patency rate (staying open longer) is greater long term for arteries. The reason they are not used 100% of time is limited availability.

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Last updated Sep 11, 2019

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