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  • The use of embolic protection devices (EPDs) when treating coronary saphenous vein bypass grafts, performing carotid arterial stenting and treating acute coronary syndromes is well accepted.

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    The use of embolic protection devices (EPDs) when treating coronary saphenous vein bypass grafts, performing carotid arterial stenting and treating acute coronary syndromes is well accepted.

    EPDs were developed to help prevent embolisation during endovascular procedures. The risk of distal embolisation is considered significant in the carotid arteries, saphenous vein grafts and thrombotic lesions affecting patients with acute coronary syndromes.

    The concept of trapping debris and preventing distal embolisation is appealing to endovascular specialists because it has been shown to improve patient outcomes in several vascular territories, and it intuitively makes sense that it would be of benefit in arterial vascular interventions.

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