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Hypertriglyceridaemia is associated with early non-patency of coronary bypass grafts
  1. G T Lau1,*,
  2. L J Ridley1,
  3. P G Bannon2,
  4. S B Freedman1,*,
  5. D B Brieger1,*,
  6. D Sullivan2,
  7. L A Wong1,
  8. L Kritharides1,*
  1. 1Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney South Western Area Health Service, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney South Western Area Health Service, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Associate Professor Leonard Kritharides
    Department of Cardiology 3W, Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd, Concord, NSW 2139, Australia; l.kritharides{at}

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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has prognostic benefit in patients with severe coronary disease and left ventricular dysfunction. It is particularly important in diabetic patients where CABG confers greater long term protection against coronary events than percutaneous angioplasty. However, up to 32% of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) and 31% of radial artery grafts (RAGs) may be non-patent by one year.1 Hypertriglyceridaemia is associated with increased mortality after CABG, particularly among diabetics, but its relation to early graft patency is unknown.2,3 We investigated the association between metabolic risk factors and early graft occlusion by using non-invasive computed tomography (CT) angiography.


The study was approved by the institutional review board ethics committee. All patients attending a preoperative clinic for elective CABG between October 2002 and January 2004 in sinus rhythm with normal serum creatinine, but without a history of intravenous contrast allergy, were invited to participate. Written informed consent was obtained. Of 94 consecutive participants, 14 were subsequently excluded: two died postoperatively, one had a stroke, three developed renal impairment, and eight withdrew from the study.

Recorded baseline characteristics were age, sex, history of smoking, hypertension (blood pressure > 140/90 mm Hg or pharmacological treatment for hypertension), hypercholesterolaemia (fasting cholesterol > 5.5 mmol/l or taking a cholesterol lowering agent), diabetes, and body mass index (BMI). Fasting preoperative total, low density lipoprotein, and high density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, insulin, C reactive protein, haemoglobin A1c, fibrinogen, activated partial thromboplastin time, and white cell count were measured at a government certified laboratory. Insulin resistance and pancreatic β cell secretory capacity were calculated by means …

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  • * Also the ANZAC Research Institute, University of Sydney

  • Also the Centre for Vascular Research, University of New South Wales