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Cardiovasc Ultrasound. 2012 Aug 17;10:35. doi: 10.1186/1476-7120-10-35.

A modified regimen of extracorporeal cardiac shock wave therapy for treatment of coronary artery disease.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, 1st Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, PRC.



Cardiac shock wave therapy (CSWT) improves cardiac function in patients with severe coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes of a new CSWT treatment regimen.


The 55 patients with severe CAD were randomly divided into 3 treatment groups. The control group (n = 14) received only medical therapy. In group A ( n = 20), CSWT was performed 3 times within 3 months. In group B ( n = 21), patients underwent 3 CSWT sessions/week, and 9 treatment sessions were completed within 1 month. Primary outcome measurement was 6-minute walk test (6MWT). Other measurements were also evaluated.


The 6MWT, CCS grading of angina, dosage of nitroglycerin, NYHA classification, and SAQ scores were improved in group A and B compared to control group.


A CSWT protocol with 1 month treatment duration showed similar therapeutic efficacy compared to a protocol of 3 months duration.


We have registered on, the protocol ID is CSWT IN CHINA.

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