VANCOUVER and MINNEAPOLIS – (NewMediaWire) – May 10, 2021 – Neovasc Inc. (“Neovasc” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN) today announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the COronarySInus Reducer for the Treatment of Refractory MicrovascularAngina (“COSIMA”) trial. The enrollment occurred at University Hospital, Mainz, Germany. The patient is an 82-year-old woman who suffers from severe Canadian Cardiovascular Society (“CCS”) Class IV angina on a daily basis despite optimal medical treatment. The study is being led by Prof. Tommaso Gori, M.D., Ph.D., University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany.
COSIMA is a randomized controlled trial, supported by Neovasc, investigating the Neovasc Reducer™ (“Reducer”) for the treatment of Microvascular Angina. The study will enroll up to 144 patients across multiple centers in Germany. The primary endpoint of the study is change in CCS angina class, a measure of chest pain severity and limitation, by two or more classes. Patients enrolled in the trial will be randomized to one of two groups: the treatment arm will receive the Reducer and continue with their optimized medications; the control arm will not receive the Reducer but will continue with their optimized medications. Patients will be followed for an initial period of six months to determine the outcomes of the two treatment strategies.
“Microvascular Angina is a common condition that affects millions of patients worldwide, and it disproportionately affects women,” stated Helen Ullrich, M.D., University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany, who enrolled the first patient in the trial. “Preliminary case reports have suggested Reducer may be a beneficial treatment for microvascular angina. The COSIMA Trial is important because it will provide robust data on the performance of the Reducer in this important, underserved population.”
There are millions of angiograms performed worldwide per year on patients experiencing angina symptoms. Studies suggest that up to 50% of the angiograms reveal no significant blockages in the large blood vessels of the heart, and of those patients without significant coronary blockages, almost half may have evidence of microvascular impairment. Microvascular angina can occur when the small blood vessels in the heart have increased resistance to blood flow and prevent sufficient oxygenated blood from reaching portions of the heart muscle. Patients with microvascular angina may require frequent hospitalizations, often undergo repeat invasive procedures, have an impaired quality of life and a poor prognosis.
Fred Colen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neovasc, commented, “Microvascular angina is a burden for patients, physicians and healthcare systems worldwide. Neovasc is committed to continuing to generate evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of the Reducer therapy, which is the only device of its kind on the market today. We are pleased to support the consequential COSIMA study, and we wish to thank the investigators for their efforts to commence the trial.”
Patients that meet all the inclusion criteria for the trial, including objective evidence of ischemia documented by non-invasive testing such as a cardiac stress test, that are not good candidates for traditional stenting or bypass surgery, and that have evidence of an elevated Index of Microvascular Resistance, are eligible for inclusion in the clinical trial.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and Tiara™ for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
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