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Arizona Heart Institute First to Implant Powerlink XL in Phoenix, Arizona Since FDA Approval
Date:10/31/2008

w Powerlink XL is the lowest profile device on the market to treat aortic necks in excess of 26 millimeters and is the only available device with both infrarenal and suprarenal proximal extensions, allowing physicians to choose the best device for each patient's anatomy.

Arizona Heart Institute is a cardiovascular specialty facility known worldwide for its excellence in clinical care, research and education. Edward B. Diethrich, M.D., Founder and Medical Director of Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital noted that the Powerlink XL is a significant advancement in the less invasive treatment of complex abdominal aneurysm. "We will now be able to offer these devices to patients who otherwise would have to undergo a major invasive surgical procedure," said Dr. Diethrich.

About AAA

AAAs are often caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening and weakening of the arteries. Left untreated, AAAs can burst or rupture, leading to severe internal bleeding, shock and death. Approximately half of all AAAs go undetected because patients do not experience symptoms. Presence of symptoms may depend on the location and size of the aneurysm and whether a dissection is present. Symptoms of aortic rupture can occur suddenly with severe, sharp pain in the back and abdomen. Patients who experience these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Early detection of aortic aneurysms can prevent sudden death; therefore, patients with a family history of aortic aneurysm or other connective tissue disorders should notify their physician about their risks. Aneurysms can be easily diagnosed using simple imaging studies. If the AAA is small (around four or less centimeters in diameter), the physician may simply recommend monitoring the size and shape of the aneurysm every six months while also addressing other risk factors such as high blood pressure to reduce the degree of pressure on the weakened area of the aneurysm. Large, symptomatic AAAs require pro
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