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Excimer laser coronary angioplasty

Frank Litvack, Neal L. Eigler, James S. Forrester
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 3 Number 1: Page 42 (February 1996)

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Abstract: Laser energy can be harnessed to cut through arterial plaque and improve blood flow in a minimally invasive procedure. This powerful technique continues to undergo refinements. Recent appreciation of the interaction of laser energy with blood and radiographic contrast medium has markedly improved predictability. Better catheter technology and understanding of optimal case selection are allowing safe and effective use of excimer laser angioplasty on complex lesion types not well suited for balloon angioplasty alone. Excimer angioplasty, along with second generation angioplasty options such as atherectomy and stent placement, is making minimally invasive treatment available to a greater number of patients.

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