MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Jan. 25, 2018 /CNW/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today announced that Health Canada has approved its INSPIRIS RESILIA aortic valve, the first in a new class of resilient heart valves. The device is now commercially available.
"The INSPIRIS aortic valve provides patients, particularly those with active lifestyles, with a resilient tissue valve that is built on Edwards' legacy of excellence in heart valve innovations," said Francois Dagenais, M.D., chief of the division of cardiac surgery at Université Laval, which was the Canadian site that participated in the COMMENCE pivotal trial, a premarket approval study of the INSPIRIS RESILIA valve. "The INSPIRIS valve also incorporates new technology that complements the evolving transcatheter aortic valve replacement therapy, for possible future valve-in-valve replacement procedures for patients that may need future valve interventions."
The INSPIRIS valve features three differentiating elements:
RESILIA tissue, a breakthrough tissue technology that delivers the combination of enhanced anti-calcification properties, improved sustained hemodynamic performance and dry storage;
A first-of-its-kind expandable frame, VFit technology also incorporates fluoroscopically visible size markers and is designed for potential future valve-in-valve procedures;
A trusted valve platform built on the proven performance of the Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT valve design, which has more than 20 years of published clinical durability.
Approval of the INSPIRIS valve is supported by the COMMENCE pivotal trial. Published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, two-year data of 689 patients from the COMMENCE trial showed no cases of structural valve deterioration, valve thrombosis or nonstructural valve dysfunction. In addition, the European RESILIA tissue feasibility study, which initiated enrollment in 2011, underscores the safety and effectiveness of the RESILIA tissue. Four-year results from the European feasibility study were presented at the 31st European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery's (EACTS) annual meeting in October.
About Edwards Lifesciences
Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine, Calif., is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. For more information, visit www.edwards.com and follow us on Twitter @EdwardsLifesci.
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