Menlo Park, Calif. — CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced that it has received regulatory approval for the Parachute® System in South Korea by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).
After a heart attack, many patients experience enlargement of their left ventricle causing a decrease in cardiac output resulting in heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath. Treatment options for patients whose ventricle has enlarged are limited. The Parachute device offers the first minimally invasive catheter-based treatment to partition the damaged muscle, excluding the non-functional heart segment from the healthy, functional segment to decrease the overall volume of the left ventricle and restore its geometry and function.
“We are pleased to have received approval for the Parachute device, and are excited to introduce the therapy to patients with heart failure in South Korea,” said Maria Sainz, president and CEO of CardioKinetix. “The achievement of this milestone builds upon the technology adoption we are experiencing in the Asia market where we have treated the first 100 patients, completed a Chinese clinical trial, and recently received regulatory approval in Indonesia.”
About Heart Failure
Heart failure is a common, debilitating, and potentially deadly condition in which the heart is unable to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the needs of the body. Symptoms of heart failure negatively impact quality of life and include shortness of breath, persistent coughing or wheezing, buildup of excess fluid in body tissues (edema), fatigue, lack of appetite or nausea, impaired thinking, and increased heart rate. More than 20 million people around the world are affected.
About the Parachute® Ventricular Partitioning Device
After a heart attack, many patients experience enlargement of their left ventricle causing a decrease in cardiac output, which results in heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath. The Parachute device offers the first minimally invasive catheter-based treatment to partition the damaged muscle, excluding the non-functional heart segment from the healthy, functional segment to decrease the overall volume of the left ventricle and restore its geometry and function. The procedure is performed in the catheterization laboratory under limited sedation. Clinical data demonstrates improved overall cardiac function and quality of life for patients treated with the Parachute device.
The Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device received CE Mark in 2011. In the U.S., the Parachute system is an investigational device limited by federal law to investigational use only and is not available for sale. Currently CardioKinetix is enrolling an IDE study in the U.S. and Canada (clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT01614652).
About CardioKinetix Inc.
CardioKinetix, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is pioneering the catheter-based Parachute® Ventricular Partitioning Device for heart failure. Privately held, the company is backed by U.S. Venture Partners, Tekla Healthcare Investors (NYSE:HQH), Tekla Life Sciences Investors (NYSE:HQL), SV Life Sciences, Panorama Capital, New Leaf Venture Partners, Lexington Private Equity, and Edwards Lifesciences.
For more information please visit www.cardiokinetix.com.