Dr. Stefano Guarracini, Head of Cardiology at the Synergo Casa di Cura Pierangeli Hospital in Pescara, Italy, described his experience with CCM therapy and his outlook for the Optimizer Smart Mini system after the first implant. “Starting in 2019, we had the opportunity to implant Optimizer devices in several patients with heart failure. We believe in the technology and consider CCM therapy to be the only option for many patients suffering from heart failure. We are excited now to be affiliated with the first European institution to have implanted the new Optimizer Smart Mini device and look forward to the simple but more advanced patient management experiences during implants and follow-ups going forward.”
Dr. Giovani Bisignani, with the Ospedale di Castrovillari, who completed his first implant almost simultaneously in the southern Italian province of Cosenza, said, “CCM therapy is a powerful weapon against heart failure. The cutting-edge technology of the new Optimizer Smart Mini along with its smaller, physiological shape allowed us to achieve efficient implantation and initiation of CCM therapy in even less time.”
In March 2022, the company announced that its quality management system received certification under the new European Union Medical Device Regulation. We believe that the launch of the Optimizer Smart Mini system is an example of the importance of a global infrastructure to support ongoing technology innovation and access. The new components of the Optimizer Smart Mini system are equally important across international markets, including a rechargeable battery with a 20-year life and new internal technology with improved programming and potential for remote monitoring in a smaller design to make the implant procedure easier for patients and physicians.
“The pace of this international rollout is a reflection of our commitment to delivering innovation that is relevant to patients worldwide,” said Mateusz Zelewski, MD, Impulse Dynamics’ Vice President International, “It is exciting to see how quickly we can increase access to new and better technology that offers hope for more patients living with heart failure.”
The Optimizer Smart Mini delivers CCM therapy, which consists of electric pulses applied to the heart between heartbeats and serves to enhance the performance of cardiac muscular contraction, making the heart work more efficiently without increasing the heart rate or the oxygen consumption of the cardiac muscle. CCM therapy is currently indicated in Europe to reduce hospitalizations and improve physical exercise tolerance, quality of life, and functional status for a large population of patients with systolic heart failure who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy.
To date, CCM therapy has already been used to treat over 7,000 patients worldwide and is available in 44 countries across the globe. The therapy has been studied in almost 2,000 patients and has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Ongoing studies are also underway to examine the safety and efficacy of CCM for patients suffering from heart failure with a left ventricular ejection fraction between 40 – 60%.
About the Optimizer® Integra CCM-D™ System and CCM® Therapy
The Optimizer Integra CCM-D System is an investigational device that combines CCM therapy and ICD therapy into one device. This device is being used in an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study and is not available for sale in the United States.
Impulse Dynamics currently offers the Optimizer system that is FDA-approved and CE-marked. The Optimizer system delivers CCM therapy — the company’s proprietary technology — to the heart. CCM therapy has been designed by Impulse Dynamics to 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 therapy delivers non-excitatory electrical pulses from the implantable Optimizer device in a manner designed to improve heart contraction. CCM therapy sends unique electrical pulses to the heart cells during their absolute refractory period. 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 technology 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. More than 9,000 patients have received the therapy as part of clinical trials and real-world use, where it is proven to be 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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