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What is an atherectomy?

Arteries blocked by plaque, then opened in atherectomy

An atherectomy is a catheter-based, minimally invasive treatment designed to open arteries blocked by plaque, usually in the arteries of the legs or other areas outside of the heart. The physician will place a catheter inside the artery and use a device with a blade, abrasive elements, or laser to remove the blockage.

Cardio Flow’s FreedomFlow® atherectomy platform features a new, proprietary mechanism of action that uses five diamond-coated spheres that, when rotated, abrade or sand away the plaque to restore blood flow through the artery.

FreedomFlow’s unique design gives physicians a more flexible way to treat complex blockages because it can be used on a wide range of vessel sizes, from the narrow arteries in the ankle to the larger ones in the hip. It can even treat multiple arteries and multiple blockages in the same vessel—all with a single device.

Read more about two common conditions caused by atherosclerosis in the feet, legs, arms, or trunk:

Peripheral Artery Disease circle, bluePeripheral Artery Disease circle, gray
Critical Limb-Threatening Ischemia circle, blueCritical Limb-Threatening Ischemia circle, gray
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