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Two Abbott Studies Reaffirm Carotid Artery Stenting as a Safe and,Effective Treatment to Reduce Risk of Stroke

in improving carotid stenting outcomes," said Chuck Foltz, vice president, Abbott Vascular. "We are proud of our leadership in carotid stenting trials, with more than 10,000 patients enrolled in Abbott trials in the United States. These studies demonstrate that carotid stenting is making a difference in the lives of patients."

New Study Evaluates Next-Generation Embolic Protection Device

Abbott's next-generation Emboshield PRO(TM) Embolic Protection System, currently available in Europe, is under safety and effectiveness evaluation in PROTECT, a new U.S. clinical trial which recently began enrolling patients. The study will include 320 high surgical risk patients at 50 U.S. clinical sites. Patients will be evaluated at 30 days following stent placement to gather safety and efficacy data to support a 510(k) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emboshield PRO.

About Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of disability in adults, according to the American Heart Association. Approximately 25 percent of strokes are caused by carotid artery disease. Clogged carotid arteries in the neck can cause ischemic stroke, the most common type. More than 700,000 Americans will have new (500,000) or recurrent (200,000) strokes each year, and more than 150,000 will die.

About Carotid Stenting

Carotid artery stenting is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who require intervention and who are at high risk for complications from carotid endarterectomy, an invasive surgical procedure. Carotid artery stenting is performed by delivering a stent on a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin. The catheter is maneuvered through the patient's vasculature to the carotid artery. The stent, which is designed to prevent arterial plaque and debris from breaking off and blocking blood flow to the brain, is then expanded at the
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