February 3, 2014 — Instead of making a chest incision for open heart surgery, cardiovascular surgeons can now use a new vacuum-like tool to remove potentially deadly, large clots that lodge in patients’ hearts.
AngioVac, by AngioDynamics, includes a small tube that is inserted in the neck and/or groin to access the blood vessels with the clot. The end of the tube has a funnel shaped tip with an expandable balloon that vacuums out the clot and traps it in a container. Once the clot is removed, the blood is filtered before it is returned to the patient’s body.
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