Boston Scientific unveils smaller embolic protection system

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Boston Scientific has launched its FilterWire EZ embolic protection system, available in 2.25 to 3.5 mm, designed to contain and remove embolic material that may be dislodged during an interventional saphenous vein graft (SVG) procedure.

The FilterWire EZ System is a low-profile embolic protection device that captures and removes embolic material, leading to reduced complications during balloon angioplasty and stenting procedures in SVGs, according to the Natick, Mass.-based company. 

“Recently revised treatment guidelines by the American College of Cardiology have recommended the use of embolic protection devices when treating patients with SVG disease,” said Hank Kucheman, senior vice president and group president, cardiovascular for Boston Scientific. “Until now, a filter-based solution smaller than 3 mm was not available for SVGs, which meant a significant patient population went underserved.”