VANCOUVER, March 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NVCN) (TSX: NVC) today announced the Neovasc Reducer™ has been introduced to select centers in Italy and will shortly be available for routine use at additional sites in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. The first two Italian cases were performed by Dr. Antonio Colombo, Director, Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology Unit, EMO GVM Centro Cuore, Columbus and San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy.
The Reducer treats 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. It affects millions of patients worldwide, who typically lead severely restricted lives as a result of their disabling symptoms. The Reducer alters blood flow in the heart'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 can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.
"The recent publication of the positive trial results in the New England Journal of Medicine has bolstered significant interest in this technology to provide relief of symptoms in these patients suffering from chronic angina that can no longer be managed using conventional therapies," commented Neovasc CEO, Alexei Marko. "Today's announcement is an initial step in our broader commercial plans to build a strong platform for Reducer, ensuring its availability to physicians across Europe for the routine treatment of refractory angina."
Dr. Colombo reported his initial procedural experience with Reducer as straightforward and that this therapy is a significant addition to the treatment of patients with refractory angina. To support the commercial launch across Europe, Neovasc is initiating a multinational European Post Market Study, "Reducer-I" to collect long-term clinical data on patients treated with Reducer.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products in development include the Tiara™, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease and the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina. The Company also sells a line of advanced biological tissue products that are used as key components in third-party medical products including transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
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