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Heparin Use Prior to Endoscopic Vein Harvest Improves Graft Patency in Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Patients
Date:6/8/2009

the controls (p<0.05). In the subset of the most recent patients, 42 percent of patients receiving pre-heparinization showed residual clot in the harvested vein compared with 85 percent of patients that didn't receive heparin (p<0.05). Clot volume and the percentage of the vein containing clot were also significantly reduced with the use of heparin prior to EVH.

"These data are evidence that with pre-heparinization, EVH can be performed with excellent patency results in patients who require coronary artery bypass grafting, reinforcing the efficacy of this procedure," said Dr. Poston.

"We are encouraged by the results of this study and see it as a true advance in patient care," said Pat Walsh, Chief Operating Officer of the Cardiac Surgery division of MAQUET. "As a leader in EVH, MAQUET is committed to helping physicians continue to optimize EVH conduit quality and patient outcomes."

About MAQUET Cardiovascular

MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC is a division of MAQUET Medical Systems, part of the publicly listed Swedish group of companies GETINGE AB. MAQUET Cardiovascular was recently formed by combining MAQUET Cardiopulmonary with Boston Scientific's Vascular Surgery and Cardiac Surgery divisions, which includes the products and services of Guidant Cardiac Surgery and the VASOVIEW endoscopic vessel harvesting system. The creation of this new organization enables MAQUET to offer a comprehensive array of patient care solutions for less-invasive endoscopic vessel harvesting, off- and on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery and vascular grafts.

MAQUET has 170 years of healthcare experience, and is committed to becoming "The Gold Standard" for therapeutic medical equipment across the globe. As a market leader, MAQUET offers innovative medical solutions from three divisions: Surgical Workplaces, Critical Care and Cardiovascular.


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