Treatment of calcified coronary artery lesions

Mohamed Farag, Charis Costopoulos, Diana A. Gorog, Abhiram Prasad, Manivannan Srinivasan

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ABSTRACT: Heavily calcified coronary plaques represent a complex lesion subset and a challenge to the interventional cardiologist, as they are often resistant to simple plaque modification with conventional balloon angioplasty. Inadequate plaque modification can lead to stent underdeployment, which itself predisposes to in-stent restenosis and stent thrombosis. Over the years, a number of mechanical devices ranging from modified angioplasty balloons to atherectomy devices have become available in order to tackle such lesions. Here we review these devices concentrating on the evidence behind their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-690
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2 2016


  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • angioplasty
  • atherectomy devices
  • calcified lesions
  • rotablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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