For the past 4 years we have been doing coronary ligation and cardiopericardiopexy in the dog; and to date we have performed the Thompson operation in 47 patients.
1. Angina on effort and definite evidence of coronary artery disease as confirmed by clinical and laboratory findings.2. Coronary artery disease after recovering from an acute infarction (3 to 6 months).3. Any chronic coronary heart disease showing no improvement following medical management.
1. Congestive failure.2. Active myocardial infarct or occlusion.3. Severe liver or kidney damage.
1. Age—up to 67 years.2. Positive proof of coronary artery insufficiency.a. If angina—do EKG and positive Masters exercise test.b. If history of infarction, do only EKG. Do not do Masters exercise test, but wait 3 to 6 months for healing before considering surgery.3. EKG readings on three alternating days must