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AGA Medical Corporation Launches Second Web-Based Stroke Education and Awareness Video Featuring Professional Football Player Tedy Bruschi
Date:2/26/2009

view all videos released to date. AGA Medical Corporation will launch additional initiatives throughout 2009 to build upon this comprehensive stroke education, awareness and prevention campaign.

"We believe making Tedy's story widely available is an important way to help people at risk for stroke," said John Barr, chief executive officer of AGA Medical. "As we collaborate with physicians around the world to study new therapies that could potentially prevent stroke, we are reminded daily about the need to better educate those at risk."

Stroke, defined as a sudden injury to the brain caused by a blood vessel bursting or becoming blocked, is the nation's number 3 cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. The American Heart Association reports that each year, about 700,000 Americans suffer from a stroke. One-third of stroke victims are under 65, and even children can suffer a stroke.

About Tedy Bruschi

Coming off the success of winning his 3rd league championship and playing in the annual league all-star game in February of 2005, Tedy unexpectedly experienced a stroke. On the advice of his physician, a device from AGA Medical was prescribed and implanted as part of Tedy's treatment. After several months of extensive rehabilitation and recovery, Tedy was medically cleared to resume playing football less than a year later. Today, in addition to his continued success on the field, Tedy dedicates a considerable part of his time off the field toward raising stroke awareness and funds for stroke research.

To learn more about Tedy and the warning signs of stroke, visit www.amplatzer.com/strokeawareness.

Clinical Trial Underway

AGA Medical is currently conducting a multicenter, randomized clinical study, known as the RESPECT trial, to investigate whether closure of a congenital heart
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