Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of multivessel and/or left main stem disease have been shown to be potentially legitimate revascularization alternatives in appropriately selected patients. Risk stratification is an important component in guiding patients to identify the most appropriate revascularization modality (PCI or coronary artery bypass grafting [CABG]) in conjunction with the Heart Team. The aim of this paper is to give the clinician a concise overview of the important established and evolving contemporary risk models in aiding this decision-making process. Risk models, based on clinical and anatomical variables alone, the novel concept of functional anatomical risk scores, and risk models combining aspects from both clinical and anatomical scores, are all discussed. The emerging concepts of the patientempowered risk/benefit tradeoff between PCI and CABG to help personalize the choice of revascularization modality are also explored.

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Farooq, V., Brugaletta, S., & Serruys, P. (2011). Utilizing risk scores in determining the optimal revascularization strategy for complex coronary artery disease. Current Cardiology Reports, 13(5), 415–423. doi:10.1007/s11886-011-0202-5