NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN
VANCOUVER, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN) today announced its Tiara™ technology, developed to treat severe Mitral Regurgitation (MR), is being featured in a video recorded procedure to be presented at the 10th Annual Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT) Conference. TVT is being held from June 14th - 17th, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
The video recording is being presented by Dr. Shmuel Banai, Director of Interventional Cardiology in the Cardiology Department at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and Neovasc's Medical Director.
The case presented was completed in Lugano, Switzerland, where a 35mm Tiara™ transcatheter mitral valve was successfully implanted in a 79-year-old male with a complex cardiovascular history, which included ischemic cardiomyopathy, poor left ventricular function, calcified mitral ring, with severe mitral valve regurgitation, chronic atrial fibrillation, previous mechanical aortic surgical valve placement, CABG, aortic aneurysm, and a biventricular pacemaker and defibrillator implantation. The Tiara™ implantation was successfully completed in 30 minutes. Implantation of the Tiara™ valve resulted in the complete resolution of the patient's MR. At 7-week follow up the patient is at home and is doing well. Of note, prior to the Tiara™ procedure, several alternative treatments were considered, including MitraClip, redo surgery and other implantable devices currently under investigation, however due to the anatomical challenges and poor cardiac function of this patient and the presence of a mechanical aortic valve, they were not considered to be viable options.
"This case highlights two critical aspects of the Tiara. One, it clearly demonstrates the Tiara's medical role in very damaged and sick heart that simply are not candidates for conventional surgery, a patient pool that is unfortunately already large and growing," said Alexei Marko, CEO of Neovasc. "Two, the audience witnessed the elegant simplicity of this implantation procedure. Combined, these two themes underscore the Tiara's potential for the medical community and patients suffering from mitral regurgitation."
The Tiara™ has now been used to treat 30 patients under early feasibility, compassionate use and clinical study protocols across North America and Europe. Results using the device continue to be encouraging with good technical success, and positive patient outcomes. One of the first patients treated with the Tiara™ is now over three years post implant. The Company has begun enrolling patients into its European CE Mark trial, with an initial case performed in Italy and additional cases anticipated in Germany and Italy over the coming months. Implantation is completed through a short trans-apical procedure and typically results in complete resolution of the patient's MR without significant residual leaks or obstruction of the ventricular outflow tract.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Neovasc Reducer™, for the treatment of refractory angina which is not currently available in the United States and has been available in Europe since 2015 and the Tiara™, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under investigation in the United States, Canada and Europe. 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.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws regarding the Company's plans and expectations concerning its business, and other matters, including the Company's expectations on the number of patients that will not be candidates for conventional surgery, and the Company's intentions and expectations with regard to patient enrollment and additional cases to be performed in the TIARA II CE Mark study. Words and phrases such as "growing", "begun" and "anticipated", and similar words or expressions, are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances. 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