Soft-tipped coronary artery catheters reduce the frequency of coronary artery dissection

Paul Van Tassel, Irvin F. Goldenberg, Wes Pedersen, Kristin Madison, Constance Madison, David Streitz, Michael Walker, Susanne K. Roeller, S. Murthy Tadavarthy, Philip D. Murray, James E. Finstad, Timothy J. Koelz, Mark Samii, James D. Madison, Marc R. Pritzker, Fredarick L. Gobel, Robert A. Van Tassel

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Coronary artery dissection is an infrequent, but potentially fatal, complication of coronary arteriography with an incidence ranging from 0.02 to 0.34%.1-3 Soft-tipped catheters were developed to reduce this risk. In vitro and in vivo studies have suggested that soft-tipped catheters are less traumatic to the arterial wall than conventional catheters.4,5 To determine the clinical importance of these findings, the incidence of coronary artery dissection associated with both soft-tipped catheters and conventional catheters was compared in a 10-year retrospective study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1201
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 15 1989


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