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Transmyocardial laser revascularization.
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PMID:  8968669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Transmyocardial laser revascularization is currently being tested in randomized clinical trials as an alternative technique for relieving angina in patients with ischemic myocardium. In this technique, an 800-W carbon dioxide laser is used to create channels in the myocardium that open directly into the left ventricular cavity. Although the exact mechanism by which tissue revascularization occurs is not yet known, initial results from an earlier clinical trial were promising: a significant number of patients were relieved of angina symptoms, exercise tolerance was improved, complications were minimal, and the safety of the technique seems established. A controlled, randomized trial is now underway, and initial results appear promising.
O H Frazier; K Kadipasaoglu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0268-4705     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1996 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-10     Completed Date:  1997-03-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  564-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas Heart Institute, Houston 77225-0345, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Ischemia / surgery*
Myocardial Revascularization / methods*

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