Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Catheters
A wide range of catheters have been developed for the diagnosis and treatment of heart and cardiovascular disease. These catheters can be divided into investigational diagnostic catheters and interventional treatment catheters.
Diagnostic cardiac catheters are often used in the evaluation of patients with suspected or known heart disease. Indications for use include biopsy, determination of blockage or damage (angiography or echocardiography), mapping, pressure monitoring, and flow monitoring.
The use of therapeutic catheters allows physicians to treat a variety of cardiac conditions. Indications for use include cardiac ablation procedures, angioplasty, stenting, artherectomy, embolectomy (clot removal), and placement of pacing stimuli.
High volume cardiovascular therapeutic catheters include:
- Angiography Catheters
- Electrophysiology Mapping Catheters
- Intravascular Ultra-sound Catheters
- Thermodilution Catheters
- Ablation Electrophysiology Catheters
- Atherectomy & Thrombectomy Catheters
- Guide Catheters
- Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Catheters
- Embolic Protection Systems
- Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA or PTA)
Improvements in catheter materials, design, and construction have brought to market various minimally invasive treatment solutions that previously would have required traditional surgery. Developments in the areas of placement, navigating, and materials continue to drive device innovation.
Biomerics' engineered polymers and extrusions provide product developers with a distinctive set of materials and manufacturing capabilities for cardiovascular catheters. Biomerics' solutions in this area include radiopacifiers, thin wall tubing, polyimide tubing, device assembly, multi-lumen, biopolymers, and co-extrusions.