Tiny Vacuum Sucks Clots From Heart
New Heart Attack Treatment Vacuums Blood Clots From Blocked Arteries
Thrombus Aspiration: Treatment Wave of the Future continued...
Zijlstra says that the technique is not hard for doctors to learn. He
expects it to become a routine part of medical practice -- although Vetrovec
says it remains to be seen whether doctors will be able to perform the
procedure on a routine basis. It appears to be cost effective. And one-year
follow-up data on the patients in the study suggest a promising trend toward
"Thrombus aspiration will be here to stay," Zijlstra says. "It
will be very important for all patients with acute heart attacks. We are now
trying to see if other categories of patients will benefit, such as those with
unstable angina and other forms of coronary artery disease in which we know
blood clots play a role."