Coronary artery disease is prevalent in patients who have severe emphysema and who are being considered for lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Significant valvular heart diseases may also coexist in these patients. Few thoracic surgeons have performed LVRS in patients who have severe cardiac diseases. Conversely, few cardiac surgeons have been willing to undertake major cardiac surgery in patients who have severe emphysema. This report reviews the evidence regarding combined cardiac surgery and LVRS to determine the optimal management strategy for patients who have severe emphysema and who are suitable for LVRS, but who also have coexisting significant cardiac diseases that are operable.
- Lung volume reduction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine