IVL - New Technique to Treat Calcified Blockages

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Dr. S. Venkatesh

Lead Consultant –Interventional Cardiology
Aster RV Hospital, Banglore

Intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) is a newer technique based on an established treatment strategy for renal calculi, in which multiple lithotripsy emitters mounted on a conventional catheter deliver localized pulsatile sonic pressure waves to circumferentially modify vascular calcium.

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A 75 year old patient who had acute coronary syndrome and unstable angina, had a stent delivered successfully through this technique, thereby relieving his angina and reducing the long term risk of mortality.