Kettering General Hospital using sonic waves to help prevent heart attacks

Sonic waves break down calcium in the artery. Credit: Shockwave Medical Inc.

Doctors at Kettering General Hospital in Northamptonshire are using a pioneering procedure to treat patients with heart problems.

Shockwave Coronary Intravascular Lithotripsy uses sonic waves to break down calcium deposits in arteries which can lead to blood clots and heart attack.

The hospital is one of only a few major heart centres in the world to use the technique.

Rosalie Mallett, 81, from Thrapston was one of the first patients to undergo the treatment at the hospital after having a heart attack. She was awake, under local aesthetic, as Dr Raju carried out the procedure - she went home the same day.

Rosalie Mallett is one of the first patients at Kettering General hospital to receive Shockwave Coronary Intravascular Lithotripsy. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Rosalie Mallett's artery BEFORE treatment. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Rosalie Mallett's artery AFTER treatment. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dr Raju says it is an exciting new procedure that is 'simpler, safer and quicker' than previous treatments.