Left Main Stem Stenosis: How to Proceed



Coronary artery bypass surgery is considered as the gold standard for the treatment of unprotected left main stem disease. Over recent years, advancements in interventional cardiology, data from clinical studies and operators’ experience has led to an increase in the number of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention for the treatment of left main stem disease. However, special care is needed because the left main stem transmits 70–100 % of the blood supply to the left ventricle, and a complication involving the left main stem is likely to have high morbidity and mortality. In this chapter we will discuss the potential complications of PCI to the left main stem intervention and how to prevent and manage them.


Left main stem Angioplasty Complications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologySheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustSheffieldUK

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