Angioplasty for Restenosis

Angioplasty for Restenosis

Elara worked with Lutonix to develop a 3D animation that explains the science of how their drug-coated balloon delivers paclitaxel to the arterial wall safely and effectively.

Restenosis refers to a gradual re-narrowing of a coronary artery after a blockage has been treated with angioplasty and stenting. Because restenosis causes the artery to become narrow again, symptoms of angina commonly return.

Angioplasty (and stent placement, since it is always accompanied by angioplasty) is a form of tissue trauma. During angioplasty, a catheter carrying a deflated balloon is passed across an atherosclerotic plaque in a coronary artery, and then the balloon is inflated.

Angioplasty with paclitaxel coated balloon reduces restenosis in peripheral artery disease. Treatment with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is effective in restoring blood flow to patients with atherosclerotic disease in the femoral and popliteal arteries.

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