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    Atherectomy of a Coronary Artery

    Atherectomy of a Coronary Artery

    Option 1

    Picture of a directional atherectomy device removing plaque
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    A directional atherectomy device cuts away plaque, which is then collected in the tip of the device.

    Option 2

    Picture of a rotational cutting device removing plaque
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    A rotational cutting device spins at a high speed and pulverizes plaque, which is then safely washed away in your bloodstream.

    Option 3

    Picture of a transluminal extraction device removing plaque
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    A transluminal extraction device cuts away plaque using tiny rotating blades. The loose plaque is sucked into a tube through a vacuum.

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
    Last Revised April 5, 2012

    Last Revised: April 5, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology

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