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During the last ten years the number of patients with ischemic heart disease is significantly increasing. The majority of these patients have no or have lack of autovessels suitable for coronary artery bypass grafting. These are patients with repeated operations, bilateral varicose disease or venectomy of lower extremity veins. Since availability of automaterial is limited, different prostheses from synthetic and biological materials have been suggested. However, at present small diameter vascular prostheses with reliable long-term results remain an inconceivable dream for coronary surgeons owing to their limited use and unclear long-term results, and in some cases - contraindications to their use.

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