SA team uses shockwaves in groundbreaking heart op

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SA team uses shockwaves in groundbreaking heart op

Procedure made short work of severely calcified and blocked arteries, eliminating the risks of balloons and stents

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An SA team led by international cardiologists has used ultrasound shockwaves in a groundbreaking procedure to treat coronary artery disease (CAD).

The surgery was performed a few weeks ago on a 79-year-old Gauteng man – who had severe CAD and had suffered a heart attack – at Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton on Joburg’s East Rand.

Dr Chris Zambakides said CAD, which is common, narrows the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, and can also cause stroke...

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