The basic equipment involved in percutaneous coronary interventions - guiding catheters, guide wires and dilation catheters (balloons) - have undergone significant evolution which has allowed for improvements in procedural success and safety. The coronary interventionalist should possess a thorough working knowledge of the available equipment and the ability to select specific equipment for a given case based on the coronary anatomy, lesion characteristics and the complexity of the planned intervention. Equipment selection is often the difference between a straightforward intervention and a technically challenging one that may result in complications.
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