Category Archives: Invasive Cardiology

Embolic Protection Therapies

Distal Embolization in Saphenous Vein Graft Intervention (Part 2)

Embolic Protection Therapies In 2002, the Saphenous Vein Graft Angioplasty Free of Emboli Randomized (SAFER) trial transformed the standard of practice for SVG lesion intervention by demonstrating that PCI performed with embolic protection was associated with a lower incidence of no-reflow, peri-procedural MI and late adverse events. In addition, the SAFER trial showed a favorable…

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Intra Coronary Medications & Dosages

Distal Embolization in Saphenous Vein Graft Intervention (Part 3)

Proximal occlusion Proximal occlusion addresses the limitations of distal protection, in particular for the 40% of patients who are not candidates for distal protection devices by virtue of lesion location. Currently the Proxis Embolic Protection System (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN) is the only FDA-approved proximal occlusion system for use in SVG. Mechanism of operation…

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