Types of atherectomy for a coronary artery

Types of atherectomy for a coronary artery

Option 1

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

Option 2

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

Option 3

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 ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofOctober 1, 2015

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