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JenaValve Announces First Implantations Of Transapical TAVI System In Canada
Date:8/19/2013

WILMINGTON, Del. and MUNICH, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JenaValve Technology, Inc., a privately-held, venture-backed developer, manufacturer and marketer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems for the treatment of aortic valve disease, announced today that it has successfully completed the first two implantations of its second-generation transapical JenaValve TAVI system in Canada. These are also the first two implantations of the second-generation transapical JenaValve TAVI system outside of Europe.

The implantations were performed by John Webb, M.D., the Director of Interventional Cardiology at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, and Jian Ye, M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Cardiac Surgery Research at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Hendrik Treede, M.D., Director Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the University Heart Center Hamburg, Germany, with his extensive experience in using the JenaValve system, supported both implantations.

Both patients, an 87- and a 71-year-old woman, were suffering from severe and symptomatic aortic stenosis and at high risk for aortic valve replacement surgery due to their advanced age and co-morbidities.

"The unique JenaValve transapical approach was the preferred TAVI for these patients and we believe the results are very promising," said Dr. Ye. "The JenaValve transapical TAVI system provides true anatomical positioning. The low profile of the prosthesis is especially suitable for patients with low lying coronary ostia. With the use of JenaValve's system, no rapid ventricular pacing is required during the valve implantation, which potentially reduces myocardial stress and isch
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