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Over the past 30 years, we have reported on status and outcome of coronary artery bypass surgery in Japan. This report is focused on surgery performed last year, from January 1 to December 31, 2002. A total of 13,474 cases underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) of these, 12,552 underwent CABG only. The operative mortality for patients who underwent CABG only was 2.04% in 2002. Mortality for initial elective CABG was 1.02%. These are the best results obtained since surveys werepmid:15458383 fatcat:5crh5chhcndtjbdhfqs7jadhny