A 32-year-old member asked:
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could you explain what is atherectomy's benefit over angioplasty?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Heavy calcification: Angioplasty can't dilate some types of blockage because they're too heavily calcified. Atherectomy can be successful sometimes where angioplasty can't.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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