Types of atherectomy for a coronary artery

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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

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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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
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofOctober 1, 2015

Current as of: October 1, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine