In this medical video learn more about a new type of catheter that is making angioplasty better for patients with totally blocked arteries.
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Jennifer Matthews: This was the biggest thrill of Margaret Roger's life. Margaret Rogers: It was a blue marlin and it weighed 172 pounds. It was a feat of my lifetime. Jennifer Matthews: But heart disease nearly kept her from living to see that day. Margaret Rogers: I've had two open-heart surgeries and I've had a pacemaker and several angioplasties. Jennifer Matthews: After a serious bout of chest pain, she just had yet another angioplasty procedure. Dr. Robert Strumpf: The process of angioplasty is to open up or clear out an artery from inside without actually opening up the patient. Jennifer Matthews: A new type of catheter makes the procedure better for patients with totally blocked arteries. Dr. Robert Strumpf: It's made very user-friendly in a way that is applicable to many more patients than we could treat before. It's a special instrument shaped almost like jaws, the jaws are inserted into the artery. The jaws open and actually break open the blockage and establish normal blood flow. Jennifer Matthews: It restores blood flow and relieves chest pain. Typically, the odds are 50-50 that an angioplasty will help. Dr. Robert Strumpf: Our batting record so far, has been about 750, meaning that three-quarters of our patients have benefited from this procedure. Jennifer Matthews: It was a home run for Margaret. Margaret Rogers: It's works; it is just a miracle, just a miracle. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. What's left of it! Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.