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Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL)

At UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital, Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) is an innovative treatment option for patients with severely calcified coronary artery disease.

The new technology allows physicians to fracture the problematic calcium – using sonic pressure waves – so that the artery can be safely expanded, and blood flow is restored avoiding complications.

Finley Hospital is the first hospital in Dubuque to offer this procedure.

How does Shockwave IVL work?

When the sonic pressure waves impact the calcium, they create a series of microfractures.

After the calcium has been fractured, the vessel becomes more compliant. Once lithotripsy has been completed, the physician can proceed with the preferred treatment strategy to optimize outcomes.

See how it works:


Is this procedure right for me?

Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy is often used in cases where plaque in the arterial wall has evolved into calcium deposits, which narrow the artery and restrict blood flow. Calcium deposits make the artery rigid and more difficult to open with a traditional balloon (angioplasty) approach. 

Talk to your doctor about the best course of treatments for your individual health needs.