Each year, blood clots affect more than 10 million people worldwide and are a leading cause of death. Current methods of treatment for blood clots include the use of a clot-dissolving drug or surgery. Cardiologists at Norton Heart Care are using a new catheter procedure called the Angiojet system to remove clots from coronary arteries.
The Angiojet system is designed to remove clots from coronary arteries by delivering jets of pressurized saline solution through a catheter fed directly through the heart to the site of a blood clot. The saline breaks up the clot, which is then suctioned back through the catheter. The procedure takes place in the cardiac catheterization lab, and typically patients only have to stay in the hospital one day.
What to expect during this procedure
- After sedation, a catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin and guided into the blocked coronary artery.
- Once the catheter reaches the coronary artery blockage, the cardiologist uses the catheter to deliver jets of pressurized saline solution directly to the site of a blood clot. The saline breaks up the clot, which is then suctioned back through the catheter.
What to expect after this procedure
- You will be moved to an area where your heart rate, pulse and blood pressure will be closely monitored.
- The catheter insertion site will be checked for bleeding, and you will be given medication for discomfort.
- Pain is minimal and recovery times are rapid. You usually can start walking within 4-8 hours after angioplasty.
- The average hospital stay for most procedures is one to two days.
If you have any questions about your care after you return home, call your physician’s office.
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