“St. Jude Medical welcomes the abundance of positive data that continues to demonstrate the profound role FFR has on improving patient care,” said Dr. Mark D. Carlson, chief medical officer for St. Jude Medical. “There have long been questions about whether patients are in need of a stent or if they would have better results with medical therapy alone. These significant new data reaffirm findings from previous clinical trials, including the landmark FAME trials and the RIPCORD study, which demonstrated that patients who received FFR-guided therapy ultimately can have better outcomes than those who received standard angiography alone.”POST-IT Registry Protocol The POST-IT registry required all patients to first undergo a coronary angiogram. Based on the results of the coronary angiography, the supervising cardiologist was asked to create an initial management plan for each patient, based on all available information. Once the original treatment plan was finalized, patients underwent FFR assessment of all vessels suitable for revascularization (whether PCI or CABG), which were defined as those ≥2.25 mm. After FFR results were known, the supervising cardiologist was then asked to revise their final treatment decision. Consistency between the final and initial management plans were then evaluated. About FFR FFR is a physiological index used to determine the hemodynamic severity of narrowings (or lesions) in the coronary arteries, and is measured using St. Jude Medical PressureWire™ Aeris. FFR specifically identifies which coronary narrowings are responsible for obstructing the flow of blood to a patient’s heart muscle (called ischemia), and helps guide the interventional cardiologist in determining which lesions warrant stenting, which can result in improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. To learn more about FFR-guided therapy or see a demo of the PressureWire™ fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement technology, EuroPCR attendees can visit St. Jude Medical at booth F16.
About St. Jude MedicalSt. Jude Medical is a global medical device manufacturer dedicated to transforming the treatment of some of the world’s most expensive, epidemic diseases. The company does this by developing cost-effective medical technologies that save and improve lives of patients around the world. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has four major clinical focus areas that include cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit sjm.com or follow us on Twitter @SJM_Media. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include the expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including potential clinical successes, anticipated regulatory approvals and future product launches, and projected revenues, margins, earnings and market shares. The statements made by the Company are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include market conditions and other factors beyond the Company’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements described in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including those described in the Risk Factors and Cautionary Statements sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2013 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company does not intend to update these statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstance.