March 01, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Endovascular Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Featuring GORE TAG® Device

Live Webcast: From Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital: March 1, 2007 at 4:00 PM CST (22:00 UTC)

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- Surgeons at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas, Texas will perform a minimally invasive descending thoracic aneurysm repair with the GORE TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis that will be webcast on March 1, 2007 at 4 pm CST live on William P. Shutze, MD, FACS, of Texas Vascular Associates will perform the procedure, moderated by Dennis R. Gable, M.D. During this live webcast, viewers will have the opportunity to send questions directly to the operating theatre for a live on camera response.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs) are diagnosed in approximately 15,000 people annually. An aneurysm can cause the aorta to grow to several times its normal size. Left untreated, the aneurysm can rupture, resulting in internal bleeding and in most cases, death.

Endovascular repair is a relatively new procedure for the treatment of TAAs. It is less invasive than open surgery and involves sealing off the aneurysm by placing a graft, the GORE TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis, inside of the diseased aorta and creating a new path for blood flow.

The GORE TAG® Device treats a TAA by means of minimally invasive endovascular repair. It is constructed of a tube-shaped stent-graft made of proven biocompatible ePTFE material and an outer self-expanding nitinol support structure to combine both device flexibility and material durability. The function of the GORE TAG® Endoprosthesis is to create a new aortic lining and seal off blood flow into the aneurysm. The device can be precisely positioned through a small incision made in the patient's groin.

In clinical trials comparing the GORE TAG® Device to open surgical repair, GORE TAG® Device patients experienced fewer complications, significantly less procedural blood loss, a shortened hospital stay and a two times faster return to normal activity.

GORE and TAG® are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates.

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