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May 5: Memorial Leads the Way in Treating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2008

The Heart and Vascular Center at Memorial Health System continues to lead the way with innovative procedures. Werner Zeigler, M.D., interventional radiologist, partnered with Burt Fowler, M.D. cardiothoracic surgeon, to place a new Talent Abdominal Stent Graft on the CoilTrack Delivery System from Medtronics in a patient who had an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This new device was approved by the FDA only a few weeks ago and Memorial is one of only two hospitals in the western United States to use this new minimally invasive device.

Present in an estimated 1.2 million people and responsible for approximately 15,000 annual deaths in the United States, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dangerous bulge or weakening of the body’s main artery that can rupture with fatal consequences if left untreated. Ruptured AAAs are currently the 10th leading cause of death among U.S. men over age 55, with fewer than 20 percent of people surviving a rupture. But early detection through painless ultrasound screening and minimally invasive treatment with a technique called endovascular repair (EVAR) have historically shown a significant improvement in the survival rate for patients of all ages.


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