London: A high-powered laser, which unblocks arteries in minutes, is being used on patients for the first time in London.The Turbo Elite `drill` fitted to a new laser, called the Excimer, blasts tissue into particles so small they can only be seen under a microscope.
Around 85,000 people a year have treatment to widen their arteries that have been narrowed by cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.Consultant Joe Brookes at University College Hospital spotted the potential of laser technology as a revolutionary device to unclog arteries.He said: "It`s an incredibly difficult treatment to unblock an artery, especially if a patient has a stent. Before, patients had to spend up to 10 days in hospital."IANS
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