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PostSubject: What I have been saying all along...   Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:01 pm

For those who know me, this is what I have been saying all along ever since I was diagnosed with DVT, after reading litterature from many websites, this article is one of the very few that actually recognises DVT as a dangerous threat to anybody that is afflicted by this silent killer. Many other sites/forums do have some good info about DVT, but always lack in the precision of the stats that represent DVT and it's affiliates .

Possis Launches New Web Site to Raise Awareness for DVT
Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:30pm EST


Condition Affects More than 600,000 People in the U.S. Each Year
MINNEAPOLIS--(Business Wire)--Possis Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: POSS), a developer, manufacturer and
distributor of pioneering medical devices used in endovascular
procedures, today launched a new Web site to raise public awareness
for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, a serious and growing medical
condition that leads to prolonged pain, disability and even death. The
site, www.DVTanswers.com, provides basic education about the risk
factors and symptoms of DVT; and, how the disease is diagnosed and how
it can be treated. Different from other online information sites,
www.DVTanswers.com presents more in-depth information about the newest
FDA-cleared therapies for quickly resolving the dangerous blood clots
that block veins.

During 2008, more than 600,000 people in the United States alone
will be diagnosed with blockages in the deep veins of legs and arms.
DVT can affect people of all ages and levels of physical activity. If
not quickly diagnosed and properly treated, it can cause chronic pain,
loss of mobility, permanent damage to vessels and tissues and, for as
many as 200,000 patients, DVT can contribute to pulmonary embolism
(PE). PE is a life-threatening condition that occurs when a clot from
the leg or arm travels to the lungs, blocking the normal flow of blood
and oxygen.

"One of the biggest challenges the medical community faces in
dealing with DVT is catching the condition in its early stages," said
Robert G. Dutcher, CEO of Possis Medical, Inc. "Even medical
professionals can misdiagnose DVT because its symptoms often mimic
other conditions. For most people, a pain in the leg or arm is not a
cause for alarm. But when the pain doesn't seem to have an obvious
cause, doesn't go away, and if the leg or arm swells and skin texture
changes it is time to seek immediate medical care."

Unlike most other circulatory diseases, DVT is not restricted to
older or less active patients. In some people, blood clots form more
easily than in others. When combined with other risk factors such as
smoking, birth control medications, extended periods of inactivity
such as bed rest or long plane flights, or when arms and legs have
suffered injury or if there has been a recent surgery, clots can form
in the large veins deep in the muscle. If DVT is suspected, there are
several tests that can reveal the condition. One of the most effective
diagnostic tools is the Doppler Ultrasound which can "see" the flow of
blood through the vessels and pinpoint obstructions. Once diagnosed,
it is important to get immediate and adequate treatment for the
condition.

According to Dr. Richard Sprouse of University Surgical
Associates, Chattanooga, Tenn.,"A DVT in the leg can cause damage to
the venous valves and result in chronic pain and swelling. However,
the most feared complication of DVT is pulmonary embolism. "When a
clot that has formed in the major vein of the leg breaks away and
travels through the heart and into the pulmonary artery, it blocks
blood flow to the lungs. This puts strain on the heart and affects the
body's ability to oxygenate the blood. This is a life-threatening
condition and if not treated promptly the patient may suffer permanent
damage to the lungs and heart."

According to Dutcher, Possis' new site, www.DVTanswers.com, is
intended to raise awareness about the symptoms and seriousness of DVT
and educate patients and doctors alike by presenting today's new and
more aggressive treatment options. DVT is not new and doctors have
always encountered patients with the classic symptoms, but recent
research has shown that patients often wait too long before seeing
their physicians and that a high percentage of DVT patients are not
correctly identified in their first visit.

Said Dutcher, "Treatment options for DVT are rapidly changing,
diagnoses are becoming easier and more accurate and the traditional
methods which were not always effective are being complemented with
new, innovative therapies that address the risk of PE, resolve the
pain and discomfort quickly and reduce the overall treatment costs. We
think www.DVTanswers.com will be a valuable resource for sharing
information about this devastating and growing disease and the new
therapies that can treat it successfully."

Possis Medical, Inc., develops, manufactures and markets
pioneering medical devices for the large and growing cardiovascular
and vascular treatment markets. The company's AngioJet(R) System is
the world's leading mechanical thrombectomy system with FDA approval
to remove large and small thrombus from coronary arteries, coronary
bypass grafts, peripheral arteries and veins, A-V grafts and native
fistulas.

Possis Medical, Inc.
Jules L. Fisher, 763-450-8011
Vice President, Finance and
Chief Financial Officer
Jules.Fisher@possis.com

Copyright Business Wire 2008
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