Background: Multiple studies have compared on-pump coronary artery bypass (ONCAB) grafting with off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting, but the optimal surgical strategy has yet to be established. Furthermore, there is limited evidence regarding mid-term graft patency rates.
Methods: Between April 2001 and March 2014, 365 consecutive patients underwent isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG; male: 75%; mean age: 69 ± 10 years). After propensity-score-matched analysis, we assessed the results of 67 patients in each group (ONCAB: group A, OPCAB: group B). The mean follow-up period of graft patency and survival rate was 35 ± 37 months and 54 ± 47 months, respectively.
Results: There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. There was a trend for an increased number of distal anastomoses in group B as compared to group A (group A vs. group B: 3.8 ± 1.1 vs. 4.1 ± 1.6, P = 0.17). The total graft patency rate was tend to be lower in group A, but not statistically significant (group A: 156 months, 45.2%; group B: 96 months, 72.6%; P = 0.21). There was no difference for survival and major-adverse-cardiac-and-cerebrovascular-events (MACCE) free rate (P = 0.42 and 0.76, respectively).
Conclusion: Propensity-score-matched analysis revealed no difference in mid-term survival rate, MACCE free rate, graft patency rates, and number of distal anastomoses between ONCAB and OPCAB groups.
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