1. Advanced Cardiovascular Systems

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    2. Vulnerable plaque treatment

      Vulnerable plaque treatment
      A method including introducing a treatment device via a transluminal route within a blood vessel to a treatment site including a vulnerable plaque; and dispensing a treatment agent including a compound having a property that tends to modify a property of a content of the vulnerable plaque. A kit including a first treatment agent including a property capable of modifying a property of a content of a vulnerable plaque; and ...
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    3. Rotatable ferrules and interfaces for use with an optical guidewire

      Rotatable ferrules and interfaces for use with an optical guidewire
      Devices and methods for passing optical radiation into and out of a body lumen which can include a rotatable ferrule for use in an optical guidewire and methods for using a rotation ferrule. The rotatable ferrule may be either rotatably captured by and free to rotate within a guidewire, or may rotate upon release from a releasable, mechanically stable friction-fit engagement with a guidewire. Sterile interfaces for readily connecting and ...
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    4. Device for treating vulnerable plaque

      A method of treating vulnerable plaque comprising intentionally damaging or rupturing the vulnerable plaque using a wingless balloon which is inflated from a wingless unexpanded diameter to a limited expanded diameter. This process produces significant increase in ECM synthesis at the site of the damage or rupture. As a result, the method strengthens the vulnerable plaque while minimizing or avoiding damage to the surrounding wall of the body lumen or ...
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    5. Method of forming a diffusion barrier layer for implantable devices

      BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION1. Field of the InventionThe invention relates to a diffusion barrier layer for implantable devices or endoluminal prostheses. More particularly the invention relates to a coating disposed on an implantable device, one example of which includes a stent, for inhibitingthe release rate of an active ingredient carried by the device.2. Description of the BackgroundPercutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is a procedure for treating heart disease. A ...
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    6. Device and method for combining a treatment agent and a gel

      A method including introducing a treatment agent at a treatment site within a mammalian host; and introducing a bioerodable gel material at the treatment site. An apparatus including a first annular member having a first lumen disposed about a length of the first annular member and a first entry port at a proximal end of the first annular member, and a second annular member coupled to the first annular member ...
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    7. Stent with anchors to prevent vulnerable plaque rupture during deployment

      A stent for implantation in a body lumen for protecting from rupture a fibrous cap in order to treat vulnerable plaque. One embodiment of the stent achieves staged expansion through stronger and weaker circumferential regions, and includes optional anchors positioned at the circumferential transition between the stronger and weaker regions. During the first stage expansion, the weaker region expands moving the anchors laterally apart. The anchors straddle the fibrous cap ...
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    8. Method and apparatus for treating vulnerable plaque

      An apparatus and method to treat vulnerable plaque. In one embodiment, the apparatus has an elongated catheter body adapted for insertion in a body lumen, with a drug delivery device attached near a distal portion of the elongated body. The drug delivery device is configured to deliver a biologically active agent to stabilize a vulnerable plaque.
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    9. Methods for forming an optical window for an intracorporeal device and for joining parts

      Optical windows for intracorporeal devices, intracorporeal devices comprising a window and a method for forming a window for an intracorporeal device are provided. The method comprises placing within a mold an assembly comprising a mandrel located within a pair of parts separated by a collar of window material, heating the window preform effective to cause the window material to soften, and applying force to urge together the pair of parts ...
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    10. Method of treating vulnerable plaque

      A method of treating vulnerable plaque comprising intentionally damaging or rupturing the vulnerable plaque using a wingless balloon which is inflated from a wingless unexpanded diameter to a limited expanded diameter. This process produces significant increase in ECM synthesis at the site of the damage or rupture. As a result, the method strengthens the vulnerable plaque while minimizing or avoiding damage to the surrounding wall of the body lumen or ...
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    11. System and methods for imaging within a body lumen

      Systems, methods and apparatus for acquiring an image from within a body lumen are provided. Systems embodying features of the invention include an intracorporeal imaging component for acquiring imaging information, an image information recording component, and an image information playback component. Methods for acquiring image information from within a body lumen include steps of acquiring imaging information, storing image information, and playing back imaging information. Imaging information may be played ...
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    12. Stent for treating vulnerable plaque

      An intravascular stent is configured for asymmetrical differential deployment and to align with a fibrous cap to treat vulnerable plaque. The stent is configured so that reduced expansion forces are imparted during deployment to the fibrous cap, thereby reducing the likelihood of cap rupture. The stent includes cylindrical rings connected by links and a cover attached to a portion of the stent to differentially restrict stent expansion when the stent ...
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  2. About Advanced Cardiovascular Systems

    Advanced Cardiovascular Systems makes medical devices and was aquired by Guidant and became part of Guidant's Vascular Intervention group. Guidant Guidant has merged with Boston Scientific, a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices that advance the practice of less-invasive medicine across a wide range of specialties. As a part of that merger, Guidant's vascular and endovascular businesses have been acquired by Abbott Vascular.