Abbott has received regulatory clearance in the US and Japan for its Trek and Mini-Trek Coronary Dilatation Catheters for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

The Trek system, available in different sizes (70) and diameters, is designed to enable interventional cardiologists to open patients’ narrowed coronary arteries in angioplasty procedures.

The Trek system is available in two catheter designs, including the specialty catheter Mini-Trek for accessing smaller vessels.

Abbott‘s Trek system has received CE Mark and was launched in Europe in May 2010.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center medical director of invasive cardiology David Rizik said the Trek system was designed to help physicians treat a broad range of patients with tortuous anatomy, with the goal of addressing complex lesions in narrowed and difficult-to-dilate vessels.

Toyohashi Heart Center co-director of cardiovascular medicine in Japan, Etsuo Tsuchikane said the Trek balloon is designed to allow physicians to more easily and accurately place the balloon, restore blood flow and quickly bring relief to the patient.