Neovasc Reducer™ for Refractory Angina Featured in Live Case Session at 10th Annual Congress of Update in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
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VANCOUVER, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC) today announced that its Neovasc Reducer™ product was featured in a "live case" broadcast at the 10th Annual Congress of Update in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery held in Antalya, Turkey. In the live case broadcast, Drs. Pierfrancesco Agostoni and Eric Duckers of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands successfully implanted a Neovasc Reducer product in the coronary sinus of a 64-year old male patient suffering from refractory angina.
The Neovasc Reducer is intended for the treatment of refractory angina, a painful and debilitating condition that occurs when the coronary arteries deliver an inadequate supply of blood to the heart muscle, despite treatment with standard revascularization or cardiac drug therapies.
Neovasc CEO, Alexei Marko, commented, "This live case broadcast of a Reducer implantation in a cardiac patient with complex disease and no other therapeutic options attracted a great deal of attention at this international conference, with participants commenting on the relative simplicity and straightforward nature of the procedure. We were pleased that key opinion leaders in attendance from the Middle East and Europe had the opportunity to witness first-hand the feasibility of employing the Reducer as an innovative new treatment for the millions of patients disabled by refractory angina."
Refractory angina affects millions of patients worldwide, who typically lead severely restricted lives as a result of their disabling symptoms, and its incidence is growing. The Reducer provides treatment for angina symptoms by altering blood flow in the heart muscle's circulatory system, thereby increasing the perfusion of oxygenated blood to ischemic areas of the heart muscle. Placement of the Reducer is performed using a minimally invasive transvenous procedure that is similar to implanting a coronary stent and takes approximately 20 minutes.
The results of the COSIRA study, a multicenter, randomized, sham controlled study conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Reducer will be presented as a Featured Clinical Research Presentation at the American College of Cardiology 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo being held in Washington DC, March 29-31, 2014. Principal investigator Dr. Stefan Verheye will present the full results of the trial at a session being held on March 29 at 4:45pm ET, room 206. In November, 2013, Neovasc announced topline data from the COSIRA study indicating that the trial had met its primary efficacy endpoint.
The live case transmission: "Live Transmissions - Complex Coronary Lesions from University Medical Center Utrecht, Holland", took place at the 10th Annual Congress on March 14, 2014 at noon local time. Drs. Agostoni and Duckers performed the procedure at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. The 10th Annual Congress of Update in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery was held in Antalya, Turkey, March 13-16, 2014. For more information, visit www.uccvs2014.org.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc Inc. is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing global cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina and the Tiara™ transcatheter mitral value replacement device in development for the treatment of mitral regurgitation. In addition, Neovasc's advanced biological tissue products are widely used as key components in a variety of third-party medical products, such as transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
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