Embolic protection: Limitations of current technology and novel concepts

Hatem Hamood, Nabeel Makhoul, Amin Hassan, Arie Shefer, Uri Rosenschein

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Distal embolic event is one of the major limitations of coronary and non-coronary vascular interventions. Balloon and filter-based Embolic Protection Devices (EPDs) are a new class of interventional devices, used to prevent consequential morbidity and mortality of the distal embolic events. Data from first generation EPD supply proof of concept and show approximately 40% reduction in mortality and morbidity, when EPDs are used during saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) interventions. Current limitations of all first generation EPD technology taper their penetration. With breakthroughs in embolic protection technology, it is estimated that, in the near future, EPDs will be used with stenting in all high-risk lesions (SVGs, carotid arteries and acute coronary syndromes), become the standard of care and even be used in low risk cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Emboli
  • Embolic protection device
  • No-reflow
  • Percutaneous cardiovascular interventions
  • Stent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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