Patients with following features on angiogram have better results with coronary bypass surgery (CABG) than after angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervetion, including balloon dilatation, stenting etc):
Left main coronary disease
Multi-vessel disease in patients with diabetes mellitus
Triple-vessel disease with left ventricular dysfunction
Double vessel ...
Talking to a cardiologist at my hospital he said now almost all percutaneous coronary interventions can be done through radial access. He mentioned that he does still do certain procedures (valve repair, right heart ablations, etc.) through femoral access. His reasoning was that femoral access can be faster for certain procedures vs radial and this means ...
Guidelines from different medical societies are available on this subject:
2011 NICE guidelines: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg126
2012 ACCF/AHA/ACP/AATS/PCNA/SCAI/STS Guideline : http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1391404
2013 ESC guidelines: http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/ehj/early/2013/08/28/eurheartj.eht296.full.pdf