Swedish study supports endoscopic transthoracic sympathicotomy (ETS) for severe angina:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Endoscopic transthoracic sympathicotomy (ETS) alleviates severe angina and increases maximum working capacity without major complications, according to Swedish researchers. A team from the Sahlgrenska University, Gothenburg, evaluated the technique - which involves electrocoagulation of the sympathetic chain under general anaesthetic - in 24 patients with advanced coronary disease who were ineligible for bypass surgery or angioplasty. Writing in The Lancet (January 14th), they say angina was significantly reduced and maximum exercise capacity increased by 13 W. Global ejection fraction during exercise was unchanged.