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Date:11/6/2008

ondition and what he could do to help."

Wittenberg immediately scheduled Kim for the AngioJet DVT treatment at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, during which he inserted the catheter into the vein behind her knee and vacuumed the clot out of her vein.

A filter stayed in place for the next four to five months to be sure that no part of the clot was able to travel out of her leg into her lungs.

"You have to be aggressive in treating these larger blood clots in legs in order to have optimal outcomes," Wittenberg said.

"In serious cases like Kim's, blood thinners such as Heparin or Coumadin just won't do the job. But by using the AngioJet, we can get rid of the clot in a matter of minutes. This prevents any long-term damage from the DVT."

"Dr. Wittenberg took great care of my daughter," Kaplan said, "So did the entire staff at the Deer Valley hospital. Every nurse who took care of her, from presurgery on through her stay, was just wonderful. I am very grateful to all of them."

Because of its seriousness, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson recently urged all Americans to learn about and prevent DVT, a treatable but often silent condition.

Learn more about the Deep Vein Thrombosis Center at John C. Lincoln Hospital at http://www.JCL.com/dvt .


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