Complex Coronary Revascularization Heart Team
The concept of multidisciplinary teams has been adopted in the medical field to varying degrees depending on specialties. The idea that an individual physician has all the necessary knowledge and experience and is expected to decide on ever more complex medical issues where more than one treatment option is available is archaic, and can no longer be the norm. As patients become more informed, be it through accurate sources or not, it becomes even more important for decisions to be unbiased by individual physicians. It should also be reassuring to the patient that details of his or her care have been discussed at a cross-speciality meeting and alternatives have been brought to the table so that optimal care has been recommended by a team. Some would argue that there is currently no robust data to enforce a multidisciplinary approach for coronary revascularization, but it has been the pillar of several large clinical trials and is a practice that is recommended by panels of experts within cardiac societies. The obstacles and potential benefits of a so-called Revascularization Heart Team are discussed.
KeywordsRevascularization Heart team Coronary artery disease Coronary revascularization Multidisciplinary
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