Medtronic launches new aspiration catheter for coronary thrombus removal in USA

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Following approval from the FDA, Medtronic has launched the Export Advance aspiration catheter in the USA. The device, which has been designed to remove thrombus from the coronary arteries, features a pre-loaded stylet.

According to a press release, the pre-loaded stylet increases the deliverability and kink resistance of the new device while traversing the vasculature to reach the aspiration site. The press release adds that to further optimise performance, the Export Advance aspiration catheter is also constructed with full-wall variable braiding technology, which provides variable degrees of stiffness along the length of the device to enhance flexibility and pushability while navigating the device through the vasculature.

“With the Export Advance aspiration catheter, Medtronic has taken the power and deliverability of manual thrombectomy devices to a new level,” said Hoang Thai, an associate professor of medicine and associate programme director of the interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona, USA.