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Abbott Announces Launch of Next-Generation Embolic Protection System
Date:6/12/2009

Emboshield NAV6(TM) Demonstrates Abbott's Continued Leadership in Carotid Therapy

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced the launch of the sixth-generation Emboshield NAV6(TM) Embolic Protection System for use in carotid artery stenting procedures. Carotid artery stenting provides a minimally invasive treatment alternative to conventional open carotid artery surgery for patients who are at high risk for surgery. Embolic protection systems are used during the stenting procedure to prevent particles of dislodged plaque from flowing to the brain, potentially causing an ischemic stroke. The Emboshield NAV6 is now available in the United States and Europe.

The Emboshield NAV6 builds upon the strong heritage of the Emboshield(R) product family, while improving deliverability and ease of use for physicians. Abbott's proprietary BareWire(TM) technology allows for wire movement independent of the Emboshield NAV6 filter, giving physicians an increased level of control during carotid stenting procedures.

"The innovative design of the Emboshield NAV6 offers marked improvements to an already good embolic protection system. It provides excellent steerable wire options to independently reach challenging lesions, a short basket length, significantly improved visibility, an easier-to-use retrieval system, and optimal pore size and distribution," said D. Christopher Metzger, M.D., FACC, of the Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn. "These improvements make the NAV6 system an outstanding embolic protection device."

Safety and efficacy endpoints for the Emboshield NAV6 were met in Abbott's PROTECT clinical trial, which was designed to examine carotid artery stenting with Abbott's Emboshield systems in patients at high risk for carotid endarterectomy (surgery)
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