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Innovative Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment Yields Priceless Payoff
Date:11/6/2008

Phoenix Interventional Radiologist Aaron Wittenberg, MD, uses an investor's technology to yield the ultimate return: saving someone else's life

PHOENIX, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Scottsdale businessman Warren Kaplan decided a decade ago to invest in Possis Medical, he had no idea that an innovative medical product Possis would develop would - in the hands of a gifted interventional radiologist - save his daughter's life.

"I liked their business model," Kaplan said. "They were inventing products with great potential, but they were also marketing them in a way that would ensure continuing sales."

A savvy investor, Kaplan not only checked out the company before he bought its stock, but kept in touch, and continued to research products in development.

With support from Kaplan's investment, Possis pioneered technology to save the lives and limbs of patients suffering from circulation-blocking blood clots. They manufactured medical machinery to quickly, safely and effectively remove deep vein thromboses (DVT), the medical name for blood clots in the veins.

The Anatomy of a Blood Clot

Whenever a blood vessel - a vein or an artery - is injured, platelets in the blood trigger chemical reactions that form strands into a meshwork, a screen that traps more platelets. Thus, a clot is formed. On the skin, this stops the bleeding and starts the healing.

Inside the vein or artery, however, the clot will begin to block blood flow. Pressure in front of the blockage builds up. Sometimes vessel walls can burst or leak.

Beyond the blocked area, without fresh blood, the muscle tissue is damaged, sometimes forever. This is often painful and can be dangerous. Pieces of the clot can break off and be carried to the lungs, causing a condition called pulmonary embolism, leading to physical disability - even death.

If the clot remains in the vein over time, patients can develop DVT symptoms such as chronic pa
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SOURCE John C. Lincoln Health Network
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