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Is there a way to treat a coronary artery that is calcifying and causing it to "stutter"?

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• Calcifying Artery in New Jersey -- By "stuttering", we assume your cardiologist means that the artery is compromised in regards to vasomotion, the flexibility of the artery to move with the beating heart, etc. While it is possible that three stents may contribute to this a bit, intense calcification of the artery can do the same, as he/she has indicated. Besides medications, the only way we know of to decalcify the artery is by via rotational atherectomy, using a device called the Rotablator (made by Boston Scientific). It is a diamond burr that selectively pulverizes hard calcified plaque, while leaving soft tissue alone. Its use, however, may be contraindicated by the three stents. An interventional cardiologist who is experienced in the use of the Rotablator would be the best judge of what can be done.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, July 22, 2010

• I have an artery that has 3 stents in it. After my 3rd stent, I was still having chest pains so my surgeon went back in for yet another look. He discovered that that same artery was calcifying, and causing it to stutter. We tried medication, but it isn't working, and the pain is getting more intense and more often. My Dr. says the only thing we can do is wait for the artery to close off completely. Is there a way to go in and block off the artery in a controlled environment?
Calcifying Artery, New Jersey, USA, July 22, 2010

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