February 16th, 2010

Device at Jacksonville center makes angioplasty safer, doctor says

By Beth Backus

The Florida Times-Union
As soon as the tiny balloon inflates, the clock starts ticking. Majdi Ashchi has only minutes to maneuver a piece of wire scaffolding into his patient's constricted neck artery, push it open with another minuscule balloon, remove any hazardous debris and deflate the first balloon. All the while, there is no blood reaching the right side of the man's brain, depriving it of oxygen.

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