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An improved balloon-tipped catheter includes means for convectively heating the inflation medium within the balloon during dilation. In the preferred embodiment, the convective heat is provided by a radiant heating block which is attached to a laser light source through an optical waveguide extending the length of the catheter. The convectively heated balloon promotes restoration and healing of the arterial wall in the region of stenosis, which region normally suffers from cracking, tearing, and stretching. It has been found that damage to the arterial wall can sometimes result in abrupt closure of the artery and frequent restenosis in the same region.

Title
Vascular catheter
Application Number
891432
Publication Number
4754752
Application Date
July 27, 1987
Publication Date
July 5, 1988
Inventor
David F Profitt
1154 Madison, Santa Clara, 95050
CA, US
Robert Ginsburg
2489 Alpine Rd., Menlo Park, 94025
CA, US
Agent
Townsend & Townsend
IPC
A61B 17/36
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