Lasers in Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Andrew WhittakerEmail author
  • John Rawlins
  • Allyne Topaz
  • On Topaz
  • Peter O’Kane


History and rationale for laser in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Early applications, growing expectations and the development of realistic perspectives.

Current indications and applications: coronary, peripheral, TMR, EP.

Technique of lasing and catheter technology.

Adverse outcomes.

Future potential.


Laser Atherectomy Coronary intervention Calcified coronary lesions Coronary thrombus Saphenous vein grafts Coronary stents Intracoronary imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Whittaker
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Rawlins
    • 1
  • Allyne Topaz
    • 2
  • On Topaz
    • 3
    • 4
  • Peter O’Kane
    • 1
  1. 1.Dorset Heart CentreRoyal Bournemouth HospitalBournemouthUK
  2. 2.Hackensack University Medical CenterHackensackUSA
  3. 3.Asheville VA Medical CenterAshevilleUSA
  4. 4.Duke University Medical SchoolDurhamUSA

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