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    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.

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    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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology

    Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015

    Current as of: February 20, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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