How Does TMR Work?
- New, small blood vessels called capillaries may begin to grow in the heart muscle wall around the channels. This process is called angiogenesis.
- The laser may also block the nerve pathways in the area of the heart being treated. This is called denervation. Denervation may help reduce the pain associated with angina.
TMR can be performed as a single procedure or in conjunction with bypass surgery. This enables surgeons to treat different areas of the heart with the most effective technique.
Candidates for TMR
TMR is best suited for patients who:
- Have chest pain from coronary artery disease
- Have already had multiple angioplasties or bypass operations, and no further intervention is available
- Have extremely narrow diseased arteries