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Rotational Atherectomy


Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing | Invasive Cardiac Procedures

It is frequently observed that as atherosclerosis (cholesterol plaque) buildup progresses in the arteries, one can accumulate excessive calcium deposition within the plaque. The process continues in time and the calcified plaque hardens, much like bones or teeth. Calcified plaque is quite similar to a piece of rock within the lining of the artery. When the blockage is severe enough to require intervention, our typical approach of inflating a balloon to displace the plaque will simply not work. The balloon in fact will only exert pressure on the non-calcified (softer) part of the vessel and risk trauma or rupture of the vessel.

Rotational atherectomy (also known as ‘rotoblator’) is an integral tool in the cath lab for such calcified lesions. During this procedure, a diamond-tipped drill is carefully advanced into the vessel near the calcified segment and will rotate at high speeds (up to 180,000 rpm) to shave away the calcified plaque into fine particles that dissipate downstream. This will modify the plaque and enable the safe delivery and deployment of balloons and stents.

Your highly-skilled and experienced South Palm Cardiovascular Associates interventional cardiologist will perform this procedure when needed as part of providing you with most technically advanced cardiac care available. Your doctor will thoroughly explain and discuss the procedure with you, and answer any questions you may have.




Initial Consultation



Holter Monitor


Holter Monitor Recording

Exercise Stress Test


Nuclear Stress Testing

Pacemaker / ICD Clinic


Coumadin / PT Clinic

Tilt Table Testing


Advanced Lipid Testing

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization


Right Heart Catheterization & Vasodilator Studies

Transradial Catheterization


Cardiac Catheterization



PFO Closure

Mitral Valvularplasty


Aortic Valvuloplasty

South Palm Cardiovascular Associates
13550 Jog Road, Suite 204
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Phone: 561-631-9535
Fax: 561-303-2135
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