Initial experience with glideassist to facilitate advancement of orbital atherectomy prior to plaque modification of severely calcified coronary artery lesions

Michael S. Lee, Evan Shlofmitz, Seung Woon Rha, Richard Shlofmitz

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Abstract

Objectives. We report our initial experience with GlideAssist (Cardiovascular Systems, Inc) to facilitate advancement of the orbital atherectomy crown prior to plaque modification of severely calcified coronary artery lesions. Background. Severe coronary artery calcification increases the complexity of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is also associated with worse clinical outcomes compared with PCI of non-calcified vessels. Orbital atherectomy is an effective tool to modify calcified plaque prior to stenting. However, advancement of the orbital atherectomy crown may be technically challenging due to complex coronary anatomy. Methods. From February 2018 to February 2019, GlideAssist was used in 13 patients at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. The primary endpoint was the 30-day rate of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events, which was the composite of death, myocardial infarction (MI), target-vessel revascularization (TVR), and stroke. Results. Reasons for use of GlideAssist included severe angulation/tortuosity (76.9%), ostial lesion (15.4%), and presence of previously implanted stent proximal to the calcified target lesion (7.7%). All patients who required GlideAssist had successful delivery of the crown to the calcified lesion. One patient experienced a major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular event, which was due to periprocedural MI that was due to coronary dissection. The same patient experienced subacute stent thrombosis 13 days after the index PCI requiring TVR. No patient died or had a stroke. No other angiographic complication occurred. Conclusions. The GlideAssist function is a useful feature of the orbital atherectomy system to facilitate successful delivery of the crown in complex coronary anatomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Volume31
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Calcified coronary artery
  • Orbital atherectomy
  • Plaque modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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