Vancouver, Bristish Columbia and Minneapolis, Minnesota--(Newsfile Corp. - January 19, 2021) - Neovasc Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN) (TSX: NVCN) ("Neovasc" or the "Company") announced today that the Neovasc Reducer ("Reducer") was prominently featured in three peer reviewed European Journals.
"Management of refractory angina: an update(1)" was published in the European Heart Journal. This leading publication came to the conclusion, "At present, accumulating evidence supports the clinical benefit of the Reducer in alleviating symptoms of angina in 70-80% of patients with obstructive CAD of the left coronary system who are not candidates for revascularization. There may also be a role in treating patients with microvascular disease."
The second study published in the American Journal of Cardiology titled: "Usefulness of Coronary Sinus Reducer Implantation for the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Angina Pectoris(2)" stated, "During a median follow-up of 18.4 months, 135 (82.8%) patients demonstrated at least 1 CCS class reduction after Reducer implantation, and 80 (49%) patients at least 2 CCS class reduction. Mean CCS class improved from 3.05 ± 0.53 at baseline to 1.63 ± 0.98 at follow-up (p < 0.001). Treatment benefit was also reflected in a significant improvement in quality of life scores and in a reduction of the mean number of anti-ischemic drugs prescribed for patient. In conclusion, in this multicenter, country-level study, the implantation of CS Reducer in patients with refractory angina pectoris resulted to be safe and effective in reducing of angina pectoris and improving quality of life."
The third peer-reviewed study from the Netherlands Heart Journal(3) published online 5-year data on the Coronary Sinus Reducer stated, "In this real-world, multicentre 5-year Dutch experience, implantation of the CSR was shown to be a safe and effective treatment for the majority of patients with refractory angina. Our results support the need for further research investigating the determinants of effectiveness, ineffectiveness and long-term follow-up. In conclusion, a CSR is a simple and safe option for reducing symptoms in patients with RA in the Netherlands."
Fred Colen, Neovasc CEO said, "We are more than pleased that leaders in the European Union Cardiology community have published data supporting the promise of Reducer. We cannot thank them enough for their commitment to bringing better solutions to those suffering from angina. Developing specific country-level data is a key pillar of our approach to broadening awareness, adoption and reimbursement in international markets."
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 Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in select international markets. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
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(1) European Heart Journal (2020) 00, 1-15
(2) Am J Cardiol 2021;139:22-27
(3) Neth Heart Jhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-020-01525-8
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