The field of cardiothoracic surgery is facing many challenges. Cardiologists and vascular surgeons have developed catheter-based skills to offer minimally invasive therapy, while cardiothoracic surgeons have been slow to embrace new technologies. The future of cardiothoracic surgery will be determined by five unique forces: (1) a decrease in referrals for coronary revascularization; (2) an aging population; (3) a decline in interest in the field of cardiothoracic surgery; (4) a predicted shortage of cardiac surgeons; and (5) the development of new minimally invasive techniques. In this review, each of these influences will be further investigated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Vascular Disease Management|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine