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Spectranetics Introduces New Device for Removal of Non-Functional and Infected Cardiac Leads
Date:5/15/2008

LLD EZ(TM) Provides Physicians with Flexibility and Control for Lead

Removal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq: SPNC) today announced the availability of the new LLD EZ Lead Locking Device (LLD) for the removal of non-functional or infected pacing and defibrillation leads. The LLD EZ enables physicians to secure the entire lead creating traction to enable the removal process.

Management of implanted leads for pacemakers and defibrillators is a growing concern among physicians and patients since an increasing number of patients receive these devices at a relatively young age. Leads, or insulated wires that connect devices to the heart, may become non-functional or infected. When this occurs the primary treatment option is to remove the leads. Because scar tissue can bind the leads in several places along their length, specialized tools are needed to complete the removal process.

Spectranetics' LLD EZ provides a flexible solution to address the removal of leads from scar tissue holding them in place. LLD EZ employs a braided mesh that expands to secure leads along their hollow inner lumen permitting physicians to apply steady traction on the lead. The locking mechanism can be reversed, or unlocked, if the physician needs to remove the device from the lead or reposition it. The LLD EZ provides versatility to remove a wide range of pacing and defibrillation lead sizes.

"Controlling the entire lead length throughout the removal process is important for achieving safe and complete removal. The LLD technology gives me this control; it's a feature that other tools don't offer," said Dr. Laurence Epstein, Chief of Cardiac Arrhy
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