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Late-breaking results of clinical trial on therapeutic endovascular cooling reported at TCT 2008
Date:10/14/2008

WASHINGTON, DC OCTOBER 14, 2008 Late-breaking results from the COOL RCN (COOLing to Prevent Radio Contrast Nephropathy in Patients Undergoing Diagnostic or Interventional Catheterization) Trial were presented during the 20th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF).

The prospective, randomized, multicenter clinical study was designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of catheter-based endovascular cooling for preventing acute kidney failure in high risk patients often a serious side effect of radiographic contrast agents which are administered to all patients undergoing diagnostic or interventional catheterization procedures. Acute kidney failure following exposure to intravascular contrast agents is known as radiocontrast nephropathy (RCN).

Principal Investigator Gregg W. Stone, M.D., CRF Chairman, Professor of Medicine and the Director of Research and Education at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, presented the findings of the study.

Patients with pre-existing renal insufficiency, heart disease, or diabetes are at particularly high risk of developing RCN after cardiac catheterization. Mild hypothermia to protect the kidneys of high risk patients while they are undergoing cardiac catheterization is one potential therapy.

According to Dr. Stone, "This is a novel approach to preventing a common but serious side effect of radiographic contrast agents. The body is cooled from the inside out by approximately 7 degrees Fahrenheit."

The COOL RCN system enables the rapid induction of hypothermia in a conscious or unconscious patient by use of a venous heat exchange catheter. It provides very rapid, precise cooling, maintenance, and re-warming of the patient's core body temperature. A catheter is threaded into the femoral vein and positione
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Contact: Judy Romero
jromero@crf.org
646-957-6898
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
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