Patent Number: 6,251,084

Title: Guide catheter and guidewires for effecting rapid catheter exchange

Abstract: A system and method for effecting rapid exchange of catheters over a guidewire. A gripping mechanism is provided on one of a guide catheter and a guidewire to grip the other of the guide catheter and guidewire proximate to the distal end of the guide catheter. When engaged, the gripping mechanism inhibits movement between the guidewire and the guide catheter when a first catheter is exchanged with a second catheter over the guidewire.

Inventors: Coelho; Donald A. (Wakefield, MA)

Assignee: Medtronic AVE, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 25/01 (20060101); A61M 025/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018