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Society of Interventional Radiology hosts 35th Annual Scientific Meeting
Date:3/2/2010

United States has a stroke; every three minutes someone dies from a stroke. Each year, 600,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke and, of these, 160,000 will die. Researchers will present information about an important interventional radiology advancement that provides a minimally invasive, safe and effective way to prevent stroke from occurring during treatment to clear blocked carotid arteries.
(Embargoed for release until Monday, March 15, 2010, 9 a.m. Eastern) B-roll and medical illustrations are available.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Examining Heart Attack Risk: More Surprises From Novel Predictor
About 25 percent of all heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths in the United States occur in individuals thought to be at low risk. If these individuals could be identified early on, primary preventionsuch as initiating lifestyle changes and medical intervention directed at modifying risk factorscould be started before costlier and more intensive treatments are needed. Interventional radiologists can help improve the accuracy of cardiovascular risk prediction that could significantly impact public health.
(Embargoed for release until Monday, March 15, 2010, 9 a.m. Eastern) B-roll and medical illustrations are available.

Showing Promise: Drug-Eluting Stents for Critical Limb Ischemia
Interventional radiologists are helping peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with critical limb ischemia avoid amputation by exploring the treatment of the smaller blood vessels below the knee (typically difficult to treat because of their size) with drug-coated stents. Promising data from Mount Sinai Medical Center about an emerging technology will be presented.
(Embargoed for release until Monday, March 15, 2010, 9 a.m. Eastern) Medical illustration is available.

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Society of Interventional Radiology
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