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Medtronic's Evolut FX TAVI System Gets CE Mark
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Medtronic's Evolut FX TAVI system
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TAVI system
October 12, 2023 -- Medtronic today announced that its latest iteration of the Evolut TAVI/TAVR system, the Evolut™ FX, has received the CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark. Although medical devices often are approved in Europe prior to US approval, the Evolut FX did the opposite: it garnered US FDA approval two years ago. Today's announcement means that this newest and most advanced transcatheter platform for treating severe aortic stenosis will now be available in Europe and beyond. According to the company's press release, the Evolut FX system enhances ease-of-use and provides greater precision and control throughout the procedure.

Evolut is an apt name for this device, since it represents how far the transcatheter treatment of severe aortic stenosis has evolved over the past two decades. The first generations of TAVI/TAVR devices had to show that they were safe and effective in patients who were rejected for surgery or at very high risk for complications and poor outcomes from surgery, patients whose only alternative was medical therapy. There were questions as to whether an aortic valve delivered via catheter would ever rival the standard of care surgical valve.

But each generation of transcatheter valves improved outcomes, and clinical studies pushed the envelope of patient populations until now when, for example, data presented at the recent European Congress of Cardiology showed that the CoreValve/Evolut platform demonstrated a durability advantage over surgical aortic valve replacement at five and ten years in a randomized trial, the only valve so far to show this superiority. Additionally, at this year's upcoming TCT meeting, a late-breaker will present the four-year data from the Evolut Low Risk Trial, measuring the outcomes for patients who were at low risk for surgery.

This evolution seems to be following the same path as that of balloon angioplasty which, when it first was introduced, was indicated for a very small segment of patients who would normally be getting a bypass, perhaps 5% according to its inventor, Dr. Andreas Gruentzig. Today, over four decades later, coronary angioplasty has all but replaced open heart surgery for all but the most complex cases.

This morning's press release from Medtronic follows:

Medtronic Receives CE Mark for Evolut™ FX TAVI System for Treatment of Severe Aortic Stenosis
Next-Gen Evolut FX TAVI system enhances procedure ease-of-use, visualization, and predictability

October 12, 2023 -- Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced it has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for the Evolut™ FX transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system, the newest-generation TAVI system of the CoreValveTM/Evolut TAVI platform. The Evolut FX system is designed to enhance ease-of-use and provide greater precision and control throughout the procedure for clinicians treating patients with severe aortic stenosis. The CoreValve/Evolut platform is the only TAVI platform to demonstrate a durability advantage over SAVR at fiveand 10 years in a randomized trial.1-2

The Evolut FX system incorporates the same supra-annular, self-expanding valve design as the CoreValve/Evolut platform which has shown to have a superior hemodynamic performance compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) at one-year across three separate, large-scale, randomized controlled trials.3, 4, 5 The fourth-generation Evolut technology is equipped with gold markers built into the frame to provide implanters with direct visualization of depth and valve leaflet orientation during implant. In addition, the Evolut FX system incorporates a redesigned catheter for a smoother insertion profile and a more flexible delivery system for a stable, predictable deployment.

Dr. Danny Dvir
Dr. Danny Dvir

“With the latest Evolut FX system, we are elevating the precision, control and predictability of transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures for patients with severe aortic stenosis,” said Danny Dvir, M.D., interventional cardiologist and director of Interventional Cardiology and Cath Labs at Shaare Zedek Hospital Canter in Jerusalem, Israel. “The system provides physicians with an innovative solution to meet the needs of a patient population desiring to get back to their active lifestyles sooner.”

Severe aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve leaflets become stiff and thickened and have difficulty opening and closing, making the heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Severe aortic stenosis often reduces a patient's quality of life and limits their daily activities. If left untreated, patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis can die from heart failure in as little as two years.6

Dr. Jeffrey Popma
Dr. Jeffrey Popma

“This exciting milestone helps us continually enhance a trusted platform to better respond to clinicians' needs making TAVI procedures easier to visualize and more predictable for heart teams,” said Jeffrey Popma, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for the Coronary & Renal Denervation business and the Structural Heart & Aortic business, which are part of the Cardiovascular Portfolio at Medtronic. “Receiving CE Mark for the Evolut FX system highlights our commitment to providing minimally invasive treatment options globally for patients experiencing severe aortic stenosis.”

The Evolut FX system is indicated for severe aortic stenosis in adult patients across all risk categories (extreme, high, intermediate, and low) in the European Union and is indicated for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis patients across all risk categories in the U.S. The Evolut FX system is expected to be commercially available across Europe in the coming weeks as teams and physicians are trained on this new technology.

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1 O’Hair D, Yakubov SJ, Grubb KJ, et al. Structural valve deterioration after self-expanding transcatheter or surgical aortic valve implantation in patients at intermediate or high risk. JAMA Cardiology. 2023;8(2):111. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2022.4627
2 Jørgensen TH, Ten-year follow-up after transcatheter or surgical aortic value implantation in severe aortic valve stenosis. European Society of Cardiology Congress 2023. 2023.
3 Adams DH, Popma JJ, Reardon MJ, et al. Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014;370(19):1790-1798. doi:10.1056/nejmoa1400590
4 Reardon MJ, Van Mieghem NM, Popma JJ, et al. Surgical or transcatheter aortic-valve replacement in intermediate-risk patients. New England Journal of Medicine. 2017;376(14):1321-1331. doi:10.1056/nejmoa1700456
5 Popma JJ, Deeb GM, Yakubov SJ, et al. Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding valve in low-risk patients. New England Journal of Medicine. 2019;380(18):1706-1715. doi:10.1056/nejmoa1816885
6 Ross J Jr, Braunwald E. Aortic stenosis. Circulation. July 1968; 38(1 Suppl):61-67.

Reported by Burt Cohen, October 12, 2023