New Technology Sucks Critical Blood Clots

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A new safer way to remove clots in key blood vessels to the heart is now available at The University of Kansas Hospital.

Called AngioVac, the procedure uses a catheter to vacuum out the damaging clot, then filters the blood captured during the procedure and returns it to the patient, meaning there is no blood loss. The technology will primarily be used for critical blood vessels around the heart.

Interventional Radiologist Dr. Zach Collins believes the AngioVac is far superior to the riskier option of surgery to get the clot. In addition, the recovery from the procedure is must faster than surgery.