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People with hardened blockages in the coronary arteries may need to undergo a procedure called an atherectomy, in which the blockages are removed with a special pulverizing device. In many cases, an expandable device, called a stent, is inserted into the blocked artery as well. Stents can help the artery remain open for a longer period.
No surgical procedure is without its risks, including this one. Possible complications during a coronary atherectomy include infections, blood clots, and kidney failure. However, these are rare, and most people have minor complications, if any.
(Click Atherectomy for more information on this procedure, including what to expect before and after, as well as additional complications to be aware of.)
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