29 August 2010
“The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland welcomes the new guidelines set out by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The guidelines provide a comprehensive, cohesive and transparent approach to the management of the complete spectrum of coronary artery disease which can be adopted by all heart specialists.
Often there are multiple ways of treating patients with coronary artery disease and it is important that the treatment decision is recommended by a multi-disciplinary group of doctors with differing expertise. This is of particular relevance to patients with complex disease.
Patients need to know and will be reassured that they are being assessed and treated to the highest possible standards by a team of experts, be aware of the range of options available to them, and be able to make informed choices about their treatment.
Multi-disciplinary team working has proved hugely successful in treating other medical conditions, including cancer, and it is therefore ideal that this way of working should be rolled out into other areas of medicine.”
David Taggart, President, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.