Distal emboli protection in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention after a recent myocardial infarction

Vijay G. Kalaria, Carl Rouch, Patrick D. Bourdillon, Jeffrey A. Breall

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Devices to prevent distal atheroembolization are an important addition to the armamentarium of an interventional cardiologist. We report the use of PercuSurge, a distal balloon occlusion device, in two patients with recent myocardial infarction of differing etiologies. The first case is a patient with an old degenerated vein graft with thrombotic occlusion of greater than 48-hr duration and the second case is a patient with an embolic myocardial infarction in a native coronary artery. In both cases, significant thromboembolic debris was aspirated with technical success and no complications. These cases illustrate use of the PercuSurge device in patients after a recent myocardial infarction for preserving distal myocardial perfusion and microvascular integrity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002



  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Distal protection device
  • Embolization
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Saphenous vein graft intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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