Pune: Rotational atherectomy ,a high-precision procedure that uses a miniature rotating blade to open a calcified artery of the heart and facilitates blood flow, holds promise for patients with cardiovascular blockages.

City-based cardiologist J S Dugal presented a paper on `Problems with Calcified Bifurcation Lesions’ at the 12th European Bifurcation Club Meeting in Rotterdam recently .

“Rotational atherectomy’s importance has risen in recent years. Nearly 25% patients have serious blocks in their arteries,“ Dugal, who is head of the department of cardiology at Jehangir Hospital, said.

He discussed the case of an 82-year-old woman who was presented with angina even on minimal exertion. She was hypertensive and suffering from a progressive lung disease and was on bronchodilators.

Dugal said the breakthrough technique can enable safe ablation of a lesion, suitable for geriatric cardiac patients for whom angioplasty is beneficial.

The event featured medical experts invited by the European Bifurcation Club. Dugal was the first cardiologist from Pune to present a paper at the club.

Dugal said, “In 2016, we have handled nearly 43 cases using bifurcation angioplasty at Jehangir Hospital. Between three and four bifurcation angioplasties are performed here in a month.“

Bifurcation, the division of an artery into two branches, is a common anatomy feature and is recognized as a common site for atherosclerotic plaque.

(source: TOI)