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Cardiac Laser Therapy
What is it?
Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR) is a treatment to help reduce or eliminate chest pain by increasing blood flow to blood deprived areas of the heart muscle for a patient suffering from:
- Severe Angina
- Chronic Angina
- Chest Pain (resulting from coronary artery disease)
The procedure takes place while the patient is under general anesthesia. When TMR is used as a sole therapy, the surgeon can access the heart through a small incision between the ribs. Using a precise, low powered laser, about 20-40 small 1mm channels are created in the target area of the heart muscle which stimulate new blood vessels to form.1
Why is it better?
From pain to relief, patients are moving from class IV angina to class II or I. The results are clinically significant as a growing number of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are seeing these life-changing effects.
- 67-75% reduction in chronic pain associated with angina
- Longer-term, event-free survival
- Reduced readmission
- Improved quality of life
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