Counting the score: the SYNTAX Score and coronary risk

EuroIntervention 2009;5:33-35.

Keith D. Dawkins
Keith D. Dawkins1*, MD; Marie-Angèle M. Morel2, BSc; Patrick W. Serruys3, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC
1. Boston Scientific Corporation, Natick, MA, USA; 2. Cardialysis BV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; 3. Erasmus Medical Center, Thoraxcenter Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Prior to embarking on surgery, cardiac surgeons routinely score their patients for perioperative risk1-3. Risk scoring forms an integral part of the informed consent process such that the patient has some idea as to the likely risks associated with the procedure, and the surgeon can assess the individual risk of the patient judged objectively against a large body of outcome data. In addition, risk scores allow clinical investigators to make valid comparisons and assess outcomes between different patient groups who have been stratified for risk.

It is clear that a scoring system would also be useful to the ...

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