COMPLEX ISSUES IN CORONARY REVASCULARIZATION: Edited by Bobby Yanagawa and Subodh VermaRevascularization in left ventricular dysfunction an updateYanagawa, Bobbya; Lee, Jessicaa; Puskas, John D.b; Verma, Subodha Author Information aDivision of Cardiac Surgery, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada bDivision of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mt Sinai St Lukes, New York, New York, USA Correspondence to Bobby Yanagawa, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Program Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiac Surgery, St Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, 8th Floor, Bond Wing, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1W8. Tel: +1 416 864 5706; fax: +1 416 864 5031; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Cardiology: September 2019 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 536-542 doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000662 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of revascularization in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and left ventricular dysfunction (LVD). Recent findings Patients with significant CAD and LVD are a high-risk patient population. They make up a minority of the cases from the largest, prospective coronary revascularization trials. The Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) Trial and its substudies are the most important and well cited in this field. The 10-year data from STICH showed that surgical revascularization was associated with lower all-cause mortality compared with medical therapy. Several smaller studies have confirmed that surgical revascularization carries a significant risk of short-term mortality but overall improved long-term outcomes in patients with LVD. Data from multiple observational studies further confirm that coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is superior to percutaneous coronary revascularization for long-term survival and freedom from repeat revascularization in patients with LVD. We suggest that patients with LVD undergoing CABG should be considered for multiarterial grafting and that some patients may benefit from an off-pump procedure. Summary Surgical revascularization confers a long-term survival benefit in patients with significant CAD and LVD. Further studies will be needed to precisely determine the ideal candidate for surgical versus percutaneous revascularization. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.