Boston Scientific Guidezilla Guide Extension Catheter

Device facilitates delivery of interventional devices in complex PCI procedures


July 18, 2013

The Guidezilla guide extension catheter from Boston Scientific Corp. is designed to make complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures easier by more efficiently delivering interventional devices, including balloons and stents, in situations where extra backup support is needed.

The stainless steel hypotube shaft provides pushability and kink resistance, and the hydrophilic coating on the outer diameter reduces friction, making it easier for interventional cardiologists to navigate difficult-to-reach areas. Guide extension catheters are used in coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures, which open arteries blocked by atherosclerosis.  If left untreated, these blocked arteries can cause angina and heart attack.

Boston Scientific received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE mark approval for the Guidezilla in July 2013.

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