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June 14, 2006 11:30 ET

ORLive Presents: A Valvular Solution to a Ventricular Problem -- GeoForm a Novel Annuloplasty Ring

Live Webcast June 28, 2006 at 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 UTC) From University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, Ann Arbor, MI

ANN ARBOR, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 14, 2006 -- On June 28th at 4:00 pm EDT, Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW) new GeoForm mitral valve repair ring will be the focus of a round table discussion Webcast on OR-Live.com.

During the broadcast Internationally renowned Cardiac Surgeon and co-inventor, Steven Bolling, M.D. will show and discuss a new heart valve ring that appears to help congestive heart failure patients regain lost heart function. The new heart valve ring appears to help congestive heart failure patients regain lost heart function, reversing the disease's effects on heart geometry and easing their disabling symptoms. Viewers are encouraged to send in their questions via e-mail during the one-hour webcast.

"Congestive heart failure is a ventricular disease, but previous efforts to reshape the ventricle by repairing the mitral valve have been hit-or-miss," says Bolling, who heads U-M's Mitral Valve Clinic and is a professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School. "This ring's special three-dimensional shape makes it easier for the surgeon to pull the heart muscle up in a way that forces the left ventricle to remodel whether it wants to or not, and returns the heart to a pointy, or ellipsoid, shape from a rounded shape." He likens the effect to turning a basketball shape into a football shape.

The GeoForm ring has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in repairing regurgitant mitral valves. But new data indicates that it also re-shapes the left ventricle, which often becomes distended and misshapen after a heart attack or infection attacks the heart muscle. Nearly 5 million Americans have congestive heart failure, and the number is expected to climb.

"Congestive heart failure is a ventricular disease, but previous efforts to reshape the ventricle by repairing the mitral valve have been hit-or-miss," says Bolling, who heads U-M's Mitral Valve Clinic and is a professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School. "This ring's special three-dimensional shape makes it easier for the surgeon to pull the heart muscle up in a way that forces the left ventricle to remodel whether it wants to or not, and returns the heart to a pointy, or ellipsoid, shape from a rounded shape." He likens the effect to turning a basketball shape into a football shape.

Visit http://www.or-live.com/edwards/1532 now to learn more and view a program preview. VNR: http://www.or-live.com/rams/edl-1532-mkw-q.ram

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