NATICK, Mass., July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance and CE Mark approval for the Guidezilla™ Guide Extension Catheter and has launched the device in the U.S. and Europe. The Guidezilla device is designed to make complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures easier by more efficiently delivering interventional devices, including balloons and stents, in situations where extra backup support is needed.
"The Guidezilla device provides a new level of confidence and reassurance in treating complex lesions," said John Lasala, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of Interventional Cardiology at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. "I've found it can reduce the time and effort required in many complex procedures."
The stainless steel hypotube shaft provides pushability and kink resistance, and the hydrophilic coating on the outer-diameter reduces friction, making it easier for interventional cardiologists to navigate difficult to reach areas.
"Boston Scientific is committed to delivering innovative technologies such as the Guidezilla device that enable physicians to improve outcomes for patients undergoing complex coronary interventions," said Kevin Ballinger, president, Interventional Cardiology, Boston Scientific. "The Guidezilla guide extension catheter is a specialty device that provides physicians another compelling tool to help treat difficult lesions."
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Guide extension catheters are used in coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures which open arteries blocked by atherosclerosis. If left untreated, these blocked arteries can cause angina and heart attack.
For more information about the Guidezilla guide extension catheter, visit www.bostonscientific.com/guidezilla.
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