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Could you explain what is atherectomy's benefit over angioplasty?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
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.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is atherectomy's benefit over angioplasty, if it is in fact better?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Calcified blockages: Rotational atherectomy is used for very hard and calcified blockages. Its like a drill bit and strips away the calcium so an angioplasty or a stent can be deployed. Often without the atherectomy catheter u can't do a stent and a bypass would be neccessary.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the benefit of an atherectomy over an angioplasty?

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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular 36 years experience
Atherectomy v balloo: typically blocked arteries can be opened more widely by inflating a balloon inside the vessel. The balloon is then deflated and removed from the vessels. At times, heavy calcium makes the arteries so hard they won't open w/ the balloon. Some of those lesions can be addressed w/ Atherectomy, a device that shaves the plaque down creating a more wide flow channel.

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