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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 better outcomes.

"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."

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