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Pre-operative carotid artery screening in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery201510 (Suppl 1) :A20

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  • Carotid Artery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease


Stroke remains the major non-cardiac complication of coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). Severe carotid artery disease is associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of post-operative stroke and this is the rationale for offering pre-operative carotid artery screening to these patients.


We aim to assess the compliance with the ESC/EACTS guidelines for Myocardial Revascularisation (2014) regarding pre-operative carotid artery disease screening and estimate the clinical impact of adhering only to class-I evidence-based recommendations.


The medical records of all the patients who underwent CABG in our unit between 1st November and 31st December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed.


A total of 506 patients underwent CABG during the study period and 492 were included for analysis. 203 carotid artery Doppler ultrasound scans were performed. CAD screening was performed in 63/115 of the patients who met with class-I recommendations (history of stroke/transient ischaemic attack or carotid bruit) and 184/440 of the patients who met with class-IIa recommendations (age over 70 years and/or peripheral artery disease and/or multi-vessel coronary artery disease).

There were 2 post-operative strokes, both in patients without CAD detected on pre-operative screening. Asynchronous carotid artery revascularisation was performed in 5 patients (4 prior to and 1 following CABG).

Restricting carotid artery screening to class-I evidence-based recommendations criteria would have decrease the number of Doppler ultrasound scans from 203 to 115, without missing patients with CAD who actually required revascularisation.


Adherence to class-I evidence-based recommendations for carotid artery screening would generate major efficiency savings and streamline pre-operative assessment of patients undergoing CABG.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Cardiac Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9AA, UK