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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes ValveXchange's Pioneering Heart Valve Technology for Unique Long-term Management and Future Replacement Advantages
Date:3/9/2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the prosthetic heart valves market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ValveXchange, Inc. with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award for developing the innovative ValveXchange Heart Valve System. Based on a two-part bioprosthetic tissue valve, the patented system promises to mitigate the compromises between traditional mechanical and tissue heart valves while providing maximal patient benefits.

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Globally, 95 percent of all valve replacements are for aortic or mitral valves and require major surgery, which in some cases is associated with inflammation and ultimately prolong recuperation time. Of the two options - tissue or mechanical replacement valves - available to patients, tissue valves remain the preferred option. These originate from animal tissue and closely resemble the patient's original valve, and do not require long-term anticoagulation therapy with its inherent lifestyle impact. However, these bioprosthetic valves themselves may require a replacement within the patient's lifetime. To replace the worn-out valve, the patient undergoes the same invasive procedure as before (opening the chest and putting the patient on the cardiopulmonary bypass pump for the second time). This can lead to significant risk and trauma for the patient, and therefore these valves have been primarily used for the geriatric population. More durable, longer-lasting mechanical valves have traditionally been used for younger patients, but they carry an increased risk for blood clotting, which necessitates lifelong anticoagulation therapy with significant lifestyle adjustments. The ValveXchange approach offers the benefits of tissue valve technology to both younger and older patients.


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