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How effective is atherectomy for coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Very effective

Rotational atherectomy is a niche tool.
Some kinds of coronary blockages are not amenable to stenting, particularly those which contain a large amount of calcium. These blockages are very hard and the stent cannot easily expand. Rotational atherectomy is very effective in opening heavily calcified arteries. Rotational atherectomy is not required in the majority of angioplasties.

In brief: Very effective

Rotational atherectomy is a niche tool.
Some kinds of coronary blockages are not amenable to stenting, particularly those which contain a large amount of calcium. These blockages are very hard and the stent cannot easily expand. Rotational atherectomy is very effective in opening heavily calcified arteries. Rotational atherectomy is not required in the majority of angioplasties.
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