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Abbott Launches VOYAGER(TM) NC Coronary Balloon Catheter
Date:3/10/2009

Latest Innovation in Balloon Technology, Designed to Optimize Treatment of Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced the launch of VOYAGER(TM) NC Coronary Dilatation Catheter, a next-generation balloon dilatation catheter with high-pressure capability designed to optimize the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) during angioplasty procedures. VOYAGER NC is now available in the United States, Europe and select countries in Asia and Latin America.

Featuring Abbott's proprietary technology, the new VOYAGER NC system can be used for both pre-dilatation and post-dilatation procedures. Physicians can use VOYAGER NC to navigate tortuous anatomy and open up lesions before a stent is delivered, or expand a stent more precisely against the vessel wall after it is implanted.

The VOYAGER NC Coronary Dilatation Catheter is the latest innovation in Abbott's broad portfolio of minimally invasive medical devices to treat coronary artery disease. It is available in a wide variety of diameters (from 2 mm to 5 mm) and lengths (from 6 mm to 25 mm) on a rapid exchange delivery system.

"When choosing a dilatation catheter, one of the key attributes interventional cardiologists look for is the ability to accurately deliver the balloon to the target lesion, particularly in challenging coronary anatomy," said Dean J. Kereiakes, M.D., medical director, The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Cincinnati, OH. "VOYAGER NC delivers on its promise as a high performance balloon dilatation catheter with high-pressure capability, frequently making difficult cases easier, even when treating the most challenging lesions."

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