Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (Edwards Lifesciences) is focused on technologies that treat structural heart disease and critically ill patients. Edwards Lifesciences is the manufacturer of tissue heart valves and repair products used to replace or repair a patient's diseased or defective heart valve. The Company also provides hemodynamic monitoring systems used to measure a patient's cardiovascular function in the hospital setting. Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in the world, and is the top disease in terms of health care spending in nearly every country. Cardiovascular disease is progressive in that it tends to worsen over time and often affects an individual's entire circulatory system. The products and technologies provided by Edwards Lifesciences are categorized as Surgical Heart Valve Therapy, combining surgical heart valves and Cardiac Surgery Systems; Transcatheter Heart Valves; and Critical Care.