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BridgePoint Medical(R) Receives European CE Mark for Stingray(R) and CrossBoss(TM) for Opening Completely Blocked Arteries
Date:11/23/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- BridgePoint Medical announced today that it received European CE Mark (Conformite Europeene) for its coronary and peripheral Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Crossing System comprised of the CrossBoss(TM) CTO Crossing Catheter and the Stingray® CTO Re-Entry System. The BridgePoint System is a series of interventional catheters that are designed to navigate highly diseased arteries in preparation for blood flow restoration via angioplasty and stenting.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) estimates that Chronic Total Occlusions (CTOs) are common and are found in approximately one-third of patients who undergo angiography, which equates to a world wide annual incidence of 1.3 million patients. Interventional cardiologists are currently unable to broadly treat patients with chronic total occlusions due to the procedurally challenging and advanced nature of the disease. For these patients, alternatives include bypass surgery or pharmacologic therapy. For the millions of people with living with a coronary CTO, chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue are part of every day life.

"We have seen many attempts to implement new tools for the treatment of chronic coronary occlusions over the years, but until now none of them have provided any advantage over the current treatment of using specialty guidewires," said Gerald Werner M.D. Ph.D., Professor at the Klinikum Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. "This system is the first to provide a new option for the frequent situation when our guidewires do not reach the vessel beyond the occlusion. The BridgePoint system makes it possible to find the true vessel lumen and conclude the treatment successfully."

The disposable BridgePoint Catheter System does not require the use of expensive and cumbersome capital equipment and uses techniques that are common in interventional medicine.

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