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MAQUET Cardiovascular Receives FDA Clearance for MEGA(TM), the World's First 8Fr. 50cc Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheter
Date:9/23/2009

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC, a leading provider of cardiovascular technologies, announced today at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) convention in San Francisco, Calif., that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company's MEGA(TM) 8Fr. 50cc intra-aortic balloon (IAB) catheter. As the world's first 50cc IAB with a true 8Fr. shaft, the MEGA has a smaller insertion point than traditional 50cc IABs and offers additional blood volume displacement for intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. MEGA, compared to 40cc IABs, delivers 25 percent more blood volume displacement and provides improved unloading and augmentation.* The MEGA will be available for distribution in September 2009.

MEGA balloon's impact in patient care was recently noted in the clinical setting. "I recently admitted a critically ill, approximately 400-pound patient and inserted the MEGA 50cc balloon," stated George W. Christy, M.D., FACC, Interventional Cardiologist with Advocate Christ Medical Center's Transplant and Assist Device team in Oak Lawn, Ill. "The increased augmentation we observed from MEGA allowed us to stabilize the patient." Dr. Christy believes that "the MEGA gave us the needed window of time to consider further alternatives to manage this patient."

"The MEGA truly demonstrates MAQUET's firm commitment to improving patient outcomes," says Christian Keller, President of MAQUET Cardiovascular. "For some time now, physicians have been seeking increased hemodynamic support with IAB therapy. The MEGA 8Fr. 50cc meets this need while providing a smaller shaft size, setting a new standard in IAB technology."

MAQUET Cardiovascular recently acquired Datascope, a distinguished provider of gold-standard IABs and cardiac assist products. By uniting forces, MAQUET is even better positioned to advance patient care technology through
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