December 06, 2005 07:15 ET

REMINDER: Presents: a Less Invasive Treatment Option for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Carotid Artery Disease

Live Webcast: December 6, 2005, 12pm CT (18:00 UTC)

MARSHFIELD, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2005 -- Carotid artery stenting is a new, less invasive treatment option for the prevention of stroke in patients with carotid artery disease. On Tuesday, December 6, from noon - 1 pm (CST) Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic will host a live webcast featuring Marshfield Clinic physicians Timothy Swan, MD, an interventional radiologist and chair of the Department of Radiology; and Marvin Kuehner, MD, a vascular surgeon; as well as Robert Bohl, a nurse practitioner in Marshfield Clinic's Department of Neurology. They will be providing expert commentary throughout the broadcast, which includes a pre-taped segment demonstrating the carotid artery stenting procedure, and fielding questions from the Internet audience.

Traditionally, most blockages in the carotid artery, a major supplier of blood to the brain, have been treated with the surgical procedure called carotid endarterectomy in which surgeons expose the carotid artery in the neck to remove the blockage. In carotid artery stenting, a physician uses a combination of balloon angioplasty and a stent, a small metal mesh tube, to unblock and reopen the artery from within the vessel itself. When compared to the surgical procedure, this therapy has demonstrated to have lower rate of death, myocardial infarction and stroke in high risk patients.

More than 75 carotid artery stent procedures have been performed at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation is the only organization in Wisconsin participating in a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study examining the effectiveness of carotid artery stenting in patients considered "normal" risk.

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. As the largest rural referral medical center in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever-increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Saint Joseph's Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded more than 110 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, is an integrated health care delivery system consisting of 41 patient care, research and education facilities throughout Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

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