"More than 26 million people suffer from chronic heart failure worldwide, and HF remains a leading driver of disability and acute hospitalization, particularly in the growing elderly population," noted V-Wave chief medical officer and renowned heart failure cardiologist, William T. Abraham, M.D. "Despite decades of advances, heart failure patients continue to progressively deteriorate, enduring disabling symptoms, having a poor quality of life, diminished exercise tolerance, and a markedly reduced life expectancy. The minimally invasive implanted Ventura Interatrial Shunt relieves excessive pressure in the left-side of the heart, thereby reducing the build-up of fluid in the lungs, which is the most common reason for worsening HF symptoms, exercise limitation, and HF hospitalizations."
The Ventura Interatrial Shunt is being evaluated in a global, randomized, controlled, double-blinded, 500 patient U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) IDE pivotal trial called RELIEVE-HF, which is designed to demonstrate safety and effectiveness of shunt therapy in reducing HF morbidity and mortality and improving functional status. The study is enrolling advanced HF patients with preserved or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction who remain symptomatic despite the use of guideline-directed medical and device therapies. Approximately 100 of the top hospitals in North America, Europe and Israel are or will be participating.
"CE mark for the Ventura Interatrial Shunt System is a significant milestone for V-Wave, as it recognizes that this therapeutic product conforms to the standards of the European Medical Device Directive," said V-Wave CEO Neal Eigler, M.D. "Along with the FDA Breakthrough Device Designations we received last year, CE Marking will help accelerate the introduction of our potentially impactful clinical treatment to the millions of patients suffering from heart failure."