|Medtronic Announces CE Mark and Launch of NC Euphora(TM) Coronary Balloon|
Noncompliant Balloon Provides Superior Deliverability and Controlled Growth for Challenging Coronary Angioplasty Procedures
MINNEAPOLIS -- May 20, 2014 -- Continuing its commitment to bringing advanced and clinically relevant interventional technologies to market, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced CE (Conformité Européene) mark and launch of the NC Euphora(TM) Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. The NC Euphora Balloon Catheter is now available in Europe and other countries outside of the United States that recognize the CE mark. It is not yet available in the United States.
Following drug-eluting stent implantation to reopen the narrowed artery, a noncompliant balloon is inflated with high pressure to ensure that the stent is fully apposed in order to facilitate transfer of the drug to the artery wall. Stent under expansion has been defined as a major risk factor for both restenosis and stent thrombosis adverse events. Post-dilatation with NC balloons has been recommended to overcome these complications and provide optimal stent expansion after stent placement.
"When using a noncompliant balloon, deliverability and re-cross are important characteristics, especially when faced with challenging coronary anatomy," said Robert Gerber, F.R.C.P., Ph.D., consultant interventional cardiologist, Conquest Hospital Hastings and Eastbourne District General Hospital East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,
The NC Euphora Balloon Catheter, which will be featured for the first time at the Medtronic booth at the upcoming EuroPCR 2104 congress in Paris, May 20-23, offers clinicians several valuable features, including:
"NC Euphora expands our interventional portfolio with another clinically-relevant tool that was developed with both interventionalists and cath lab teams' needs in mind," said Jason Weidman, vice president and general manager of Medtronic's coronary business. "With the addition of a premium non-compliant balloon, our interventional customers have a complement to the other innovative Medtronic offerings throughout the entire procedure for their most difficult and challenging cases."
NC Euphora also expands Medtronic's interventional portfolio of medical devices across Coronary, Renal Denervation and TAVI, and is the latest in a series of 12 new product introductions planned over the next 2 years.
In collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists, Medtronic offers the broadest range of innovative medical technology for the interventional and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias. The company strives to offer products and services that deliver clinical and economic value to healthcare consumers and providers worldwide.
Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.
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