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Lithoplasty Catheter Shocks, Fractures CAC, May Facilitate Tough PCI Cases DISRUPT-CAD

from Medscape

A catheter-based mashup of balloon angioplasty and lithotripsy with the hybrid name "lithoplasty" was successful at delivering stents safely and with a low rate of complications in a small study of patients with heavily calcified coronary lesions. The investigational percutaneous lithoplasty device consists of a balloon catheter that is also capable of delivering dispersive, nonfocused acoustic pulse waves to fracture calcifications prior to stent implantation. more

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