LONDON, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today announced that it has received CE Mark to expand use of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for the treatment of patients suffering from severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery.
"This expanded intermediate-risk indication allows for the treatment of even more patients whose only previous option was an open-heart surgical procedure," said Prof. Helge Möllmann, Director, Clinic for Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at St. Johannes Hospital, Dortmund, Germany. "I am encouraged by the adoption of the position paper of the German Cardiac Society that recommends the use of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in intermediate-risk patients based on growing clinical evidence."
For patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for an open-heart surgical procedure, TAVI using the Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve has been shown1 to demonstrate outcomes that are superior to surgery at one year on a composite primary endpoint of mortality, stroke and moderate or severe aortic regurgitation.
The SAPIEN 3 valve builds on Edwards' decades of experience in the development of tissue heart valves, and the proven benefits of the Edwards SAPIEN valves. The valve was first approved in Europe in January 2014 for the treatment of patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who are at high-risk for open heart surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the SAPIEN 3 valve for the treatment of intermediate-risk patients in August 2016.
Thourani V et al. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement versus surgical valve replacement in intermediate-risk patients: a propensity score analysis. The Lancet 2016;1-8.
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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