SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

March 18, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair

Live Webcast: From Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center: March 18, 2008 6:00 PM CDT (March 19, 2008 at 00:00 UTC)

BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will broadcast a minimally invasive surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm live over the Internet on Tuesday, March 18th, 6:00 pm central time.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge in the aorta which could rupture with life-threatening results. Although an aneurysm can occur in any artery of the body, it is most common in the abdominal aorta. This condition, if not treated, could result in a rupture of the aorta. The risk of rupture increases with aneurysm size and high blood pressure. Ruptured aneurysms are frequently fatal and are a leading cause of death in the United States.

Many people do not experience any symptoms of an AAA. Because of this, it is very important to speak with your doctor about your risk of having or developing AAA disease. When symptoms do occur, pain is most commonly experienced. This can occur in the abdomen, back or chest area. Aneurysms are found during medical tests such as a CT Scan or ultrasound.

Risk factors for developing an aneurysm include family history, smoking, heart disease, high blood pressure, and poor diet. Cardiovascular surgeon, P. Michael Davis, MD, will perform the surgery for this live webcast. Dr. Davis earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery and fellowship in vascular surgery from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Our Lady of the Lake is the largest private medical center in Louisiana, with 720 licensed beds and a 12-parish service area. In a given year Our Lady of the Lake treats approximately 35,000 patients in the hospital and serves over 300,000 persons through outpatient locations with the assistance of almost 1,000 physicians and 4,000 team members.

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