A new procedure for clearing fully occluded arteries is now available at Massachusetts General Hospital. Developed in Japan, the technique "offers new hope for a lot of patients who were probably feeling hopeless about their heart disease," said SCAI fellow Dr. Robert Yeh. "Going around the blockage and attacking it from the backside are actually the two methods. ... These new techniques both improve the success rate and actually make the procedure safer." According to SCAI fellow Dr. Farouc Jaffer, the results can be life-changing. "Seeing people be able to break out of that cycle of shortness of breath and fatigue, and weight gain and even depression, we have seen reversing of those problems," said Jaffer.

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