EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSH) announced today that the company will partner with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) at the Advanced Heart Failure Symposium in Tampa, FL on March 3-4, 2017 at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Stimulation (CAMLS). The two-day symposium will provide an in-depth perspective on the treatment of patients with advanced heart failure.

"Since acquiring the Aquadex business, we have received a great deal of interest in expanding the use of Aquapheresis and we are committed to supporting our patients and clinical partners with information on best practices from experts in the field" said John Erb, Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Heart. "We are excited about the expanded use of this valuable therapy to aid hospitals in reducing frequency of hospitalization and length of stay."

Sunshine Heart will be sponsoring a lunch practicum delivered by Cindy Bither, Nurse Practitioner at Washington MedStar Hospital and current President of AAHFN. The presentation will foster discussion on the role of ultrafiltration to manage fluid overload in heart failure and focus on disseminating best practices from expert users of Aquapheresis therapy. The AAHFN and Sunshine Heart share a passion for providing education to Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who manage advanced heart failure across practice settings. This forum provides an outstanding opportunity to continue this service of education.

"We are discussing Aquapheresis in the Advanced Heart Failure program because there is a group of HF patients that are diuretic resistant and need relief of symptoms," said Cindy Blither. "Patient outcomes are dependent on appropriate therapy plans and the skill of the nurse who is carrying out that plan."

About Sunshine Heart ® Sunshine Heart, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSH) is an early-stage medical device company focused on commercializing the Aquadex FlexFlow® System. The Company's commercial product, the Aquadex system, is indicated for temporary (up to eight hours) ultrafiltration treatment of patients with fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy, and extended (longer than 8 hours) ultrafiltration treatment of patients with fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy and require hospitalization. Our objective is to improve the quality of life for heart failure patients and slow the disease progression. Sunshine Heart is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Minneapolis with wholly owned subsidiaries in Australia and Ireland. The Company has been listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market since February 2012.

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For further information, please contact: Claudia Napal Drayton		Chief Financial Officer		Sunshine Heart, Inc.		T: +1-952-345-4205		Investor RelationsSunshine Heart Inc.ir@sunshineheart.com

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