Rotational Atherectomy in Contemporary PCI: European consensus statement

Cardiovascular News dedicated an article to explore the use of the rotational atherectomy (RA) in modern coronary percutaneous intervention (PCI). According to Emanuele Barbato (Cardiovascular Center Aalst, Belgium; University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy), RA represents “the technical solution” to enabling complete revascularization in heavily calcified coronary stenoses.

However, due to a lack of standardization about how it should be performed, he and other experienced operators came together to produce a consensus document (published in EuroIntervention*) for the procedure. It provides a range of agreed opinion by experienced rotablation operators that can be disseminated as best practice.

See the Boston Scientifc’s video below and discover the main key points of the standardized protocol:

As stated in the consensus document, for experienced users RA offers a safe and effective means of percutaneous treatment of highly calcified obstructive lesions.

* EuroIntervention 2016;12:1441-1442

Teresa Strisciuglio1, MD; Emanuele Barbato1,2*, MD, PhD, 1. Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy; 2. Cardiovascular Research Center Aalst, Aalst, Belgium


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