Miracor Medical Systems GmbH announced today that it has been granted three new U.S. patents covering a unique dual balloon method and the new "Wien Algorithm" of its novel PICSO® (Pressure-controlled Intermittent Coronary Sinus Occlusion) system that ensures a stable and repeatable PICSO® treatment designed to improve myocardial perfusion following primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or angioplasty).
The Miracor PICSO® Impulse System, which is CE-marked, is designed to treat acute heart attack STEMI patients following a coronary angioplasty. 'STEMI' is an acronym meaning ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Heart attacks are divided into three types, according to their severity. A STEMI heart attack is the most severe type. In a STEMI heart attack, the coronary artery is completely blocked off by the blood clot, and as a result virtually all the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery starts to die.
"Even after a successful coronary angioplasty, deficient myocardial reperfusion still manifests in about one in three STEMI patients, and this unsatisfactory incidence is strongly linked to unfavorable results for patients," said Jon H. Hoem, Miracor CEO. "PICSO is designed to considerably amplify the redistribution of blood into the blood-starved myocardium of severe heart attack patients post-PCI," added Hoem. "Of course, we are extremely pleased that our system now has a much stronger patent protection in the United States and Miracor will continue to expand our US patent position."