Mount Laurel, NJ, November 1, 2019 – On October 29, 2019, the first Optimizer Smart Cardiac Contractility Modulation CCMTM device was implanted in China at the Boao Super Hospital. Impulse Dynamics’ Optimizer Smart is one of the world’s most advanced heart failure treatment devices, which now expands treatment options for patients with chronic heart failure through the special NMPA program allowing implants in China’s Hainan province while the device application is under review by the NMPA.
The Optimizer Smart System administers Impulse Dynamics’ proprietary CCM therapy, consisting of precisely timed electrical pulses delivered directly to the heart during the absolute refractory period, which occurs just after the heart initially contracts. In contrast to a pacemaker or defibrillator, CCM works by modulating the strength rather than the rhythm of the heart’s contraction. CCM is an effective solution for severe chronic heart failure patients are not candidates for CRT, and is now a device-based option for over 70 percent of heart failure patients who until now had few options to help them manage their progressive disease.
This Optimizer Smart was implanted in a 60-year-old male patient with long-term coronary heart disease who had undergone bypass surgery and coronary stent implantation, was admitted to the local hospital due to severe chest tightness, shortness of breath and dizziness after daily activity and was diagnosed with decreased cardiac function and normal QRS durarion (103ms). Consultation by his expert team suggested that CCM treatment should be applied to improve the symptoms of heart failure and reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death
The Optimizer Smart implant procedure was perfomed by Professor Hua Wei, Expert of Boao Super Hospital International Heart Center, and Deputy Director of the Center for Arrhythmia at the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases. ”Most domestic patients receive drug therapy as treatment for heart failure, but with disease progression, the effect of drug treatment diminishes significantly” said Professor Hua Wei. “Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) provides a therapy solution only for patients with wide QRS (>130 ms), leaving the approximately 70 percent of patients with normal QRS with few options to help them manage their disease. CCM and the Optimizer Smart provide new hope to these patients and can significantly improve their clinical symptoms and quality of life.”
“There are over 10 million patients with heart failure in China and their five-year mortality rate currently exceeds 50%” says Proressor Zhang Shu, Chief Expert of Cardiology at Boao Super Hospital, and Chairman of the Cardiology Committee of the Chinese Medical Association and of the National Cardiovascular Disease Center. “We are excited to be able to offer the Optimizer Smart to those patients who currently do not have a device based alternative to improve cardiac function.”
Optimizer Smart is the first FDA designated Breakthrough Device to go before an FDA Advisory Committee where it received a unanimous recommendation for approval based on the panel’s assessment of benefit versus risk. The device then went on to receive the FDA’s PMA approval on March 21, 2019. The device was introduced in Boao, Hainan six months later through the NMPA’s „Urgent clinical need” program. The Optimizer Smart implantable pulse generator is currently undergoing the registration process with the Chinese NMPA, but physicians are able to implant it thanks to the Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, and the desire to increase cooperation in the field of cardiac medicine in China. This initiative will help better serve patients both domestically and abroad and will boost the development of Hainan’s health industry.
About the Optimizer® and CCM® Therapy
The Optimizer Smart system delivers CCM therapy — the company’s proprietary technology — to the heart. CCM therapy has been designed by Impulse Dynamics to significantly improve the heart’s contraction, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pushed out through the body. CCM therapy is indicated to improve the 6-minute hall walk, quality of life, and functional status of NYHA Class III heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy, are not indicated for CRT, and have a left ventricular ejection fraction ranging from 25 to 45 percent.
CCM is the brand name for cardiac contractility modulation — the non-excitatory electrical pulses delivered by the implantable Optimizer device to improve heart contraction. CCM therapy sends unique electrical pulses to the heart cells during the absolute refractory period. In doing so, CCM helps the heart contract more forcibly. Impulse Dynamics has completed numerous clinical studies, including several randomized controlled trials, and CCM therapy has been published in more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles.
About Impulse Dynamics
Impulse Dynamics is dedicated to advancing the treatment of heart failure for patients and the healthcare providers who care for them. The company pioneered its proprietary CCM therapy, which uses the Optimizer platform to improve quality of life in heart failure patients. CCM therapy is delivered through the Optimizer system, which includes an IPG implanted in a minimally invasive procedure and approved for commercial use in the United States and 44 countries worldwide. CCM therapy has proven safe and effective for heart failure patients with debilitating symptoms who otherwise have few effective options available to them. To learn more, visit www.ImpulseDynamics.com, or follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
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