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Novel Endovascular Balloon May Decrease Mortality in Superior Vena Cava Tears

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A novel compliant endovascular balloon may have the potential to save lives in patients who experience superior vena cava tears during transvenous lead extraction, researchers reported at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions. Superior vena cava tears during lead extractions are extremely rare, study researcher Roger G. Carrillo, MD, MBA, FHRS, CCDS, from the University of Miami, said during a press conference. Only about 0.46 percent of lead extractions involve superior vena cava tears, but mortality among those who do experience tears is disproportionately high. more

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