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Holmium:YAG laser coronary angioplasty: quantitative angiography and clinical results in a large experience of a single medical center
Author(s): On Topaz; Michael Luxenberg; Audrey Schumacher
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Paper Abstract

Clinical experience with the mid IR holmium:YAG laser in a single medical center (St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical School, St. Paul, MN) includes 112 patients who underwent holmium laser coronary angioplasty. Utilizing a unique lasing technique; `pulse and retreat,' we applied this laser to thrombotic and nonthrombotic lesions in patients presenting with unstable angina, stable angina, and acute myocardial infarction. A very high clinical success and very low complication rates were achieved. Holmium:YAG laser is effective and safe therapy for patients with symptomatic coronary artery disease. Unlike excimer lasers, the clinical success, efficacy and safety of holmium laser angioplasty is not compromised when thrombus is present.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2130, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Interventions IV, (12 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179921
Show Author Affiliations
On Topaz, Medical College of Virginia (United States)
Michael Luxenberg, Medical College of Virginia (United States)
Audrey Schumacher, Medical College of Virginia (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2130:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Interventions IV
George S. Abela, Editor(s)

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