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Cardiosolutions Names Dr. Lars Svensson Chief Surgical Officer
Date:11/21/2008

STOUGHTON, Mass., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiosolutions, Inc. (http://www.cardiosolutionsinc.com) has announced the appointment of Dr. Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D. to the position of Chief Surgical Officer. Dr. Svensson is currently the Director of the Center for Aortic Surgery and Director of the Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Cardiosolutions Inc. is developing its proprietary Percu-Pro(TM) System, a through the skin minimally invasive procedure for delivering a Mitra-Spacer(TM) into the heart for mitigating mitral regurgitation. This percutaneous system avoids open heart surgery, a difficult, risky, and costly procedure with an extended period of recovery which is the current standard treatment for mitral regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation is a condition in which the leaflets of the heart's mitral valve do not close correctly, allowing blood to improperly "backflow" from the lower pumping chamber (left ventricle) upward into the smaller upper chamber (left atrium). Debilitating chronic mitral regurgitation affects approximately 6% of women and 3% of men today. Cardiosolution's novel technology consists of a simple spacer, or plug, that is delivered to the mitral valve through a catheter inserted into a vein in the patient's leg. This spacer provides a sealing surface for the valve leaflets minimizing the backflow of blood into the left atrium.

In addition to its minimally invasive delivery system, Cardiosolutions is also exploring a surgical option for delivering its spacer technology. A surgical option will allow the Company to work with both the cardiac interventionalist, whose expertise involves catheter based therapies, and the cardiothoracic surgeon who is proficient in open chest procedures. The ability to engage physicians from both the interv
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