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Atherectomy devices: technology update

Authors Akkus N, Abdulbaki A, Jimenez E, Tandon N

Received 21 August 2014

Accepted for publication 11 September 2014

Published 17 December 2014 Volume 2015:8 Pages 1—10

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S50594

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Nuri I Akkus,1 Abdulrahman Abdulbaki,1 Enrique Jimenez,2 Neeraj Tandon2

1Department of Cardiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Shreveport, LA, USA; 2Department of Cardiology, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA, USA

Abstract: Atherectomy is a procedure which is performed to remove atherosclerotic plaque from diseased arteries. Atherosclerotic plaques are localized in either coronary or peripheral arterial vasculature and may have different characteristics depending on the texture of the plaque. Atherectomy has been used effectively in treatment of both coronary and peripheral arterial disease. Atherectomy devices are designed differently to either cut, shave, sand, or vaporize these plaques and have different indications. In this article, current atherectomy devices are reviewed.

Keywords: coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease


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