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Society of Interventional Radiology Hosts 34th Annual Scientific Meeting
Date:2/25/2009

e injuries to the blood vessels that can cause prolonged and sometimes life-threatening bleeding in the mother. Innovative, interventional radiology treatments are making childbirth safer for women who have C-sections that are complicated by massive bleeding and for those who suffer from the pregnancy condition of "invasive" placenta. The results of two studies detailing the effectiveness of minimally invasive treatments for pregnant women will be presented.

(Embargoed for release until Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9 a.m. Eastern)

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease: Stem Cell Therapy Advances

Interventional radiologists are putting together the puzzle pieces of stem cell therapy to determine how to regenerate blood vessels to open clogged or narrowed arteries to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A major research center presents its findings on advancing this research with the help of a firefly-like bioluminescence imaging agent and seaweed "bubble."

(Embargoed for release until Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9 a.m. Eastern) B-roll and illustrations are available.

Examining Heart Attack Risk: Surprising Look at Framingham Risk Scores (NHANES Data From More Than 6,000 Persons)

About 25 percent of all heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths in the United States occur in individuals thought to be at low risk. If these individuals could be identified early on, primary prevention--such as initiating lifestyle changes and medical intervention directed at modifying risk factors--could be started before costlier and more intensive treatments are needed. Interventional radiologists can help improve the accuracy of cardiovascular risk prediction that could significantly impact public health.

(Embargoed for release until Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9 a.m. Eastern) B-roll and illustrations are available.


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