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Devices Cardiology

 News Release - July 18, 2007

CardiacAssist, Inc. Announces 1000th TandemHeart System Procedure

PITTSBURGH, July 18 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- CardiacAssist, Inc, a Pittsburgh-based medical device company has announced a new milestone with the completion of the 1000th worldwide procedure utilizing the TandemHeart System. The TandemHeart is used in all top 20 heart and heart surgery hospitals, as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report and is in use at 120 facilities worldwide.

An emergency case performed at Texas Heart Institute helped CardiacAssist push past the 1000th procedure mark. Centers performing cases within several days of the 1000th case include: Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX; Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York, NY; New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY; and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

The TandemHeart System is an extracorporeal circulatory support system that provides systematic extracorporeal circulatory support through a rapid cardiac catheterization procedure. The TandemHeart System is designed to provide 5.0 lpm of flow in the cath lab without the need for cardiac surgery. It is FDA approved for up to six hours for procedures not requiring full cardiopulmonary bypass.

"There is no doubt this device will continue to be an invaluable tool for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons as the standard of care continues to elevate", said Michael Garippa, President and CEO of CardiacAssist. "We are indebted to the more than 200 different physicians who have performed TandemHeart System procedures. It is gratifying that so many hospitals have adopted the TandemHeart System for patients in dire circumstances."

The TandemHeart System is comprehensively reimbursed by Medicare under existing DRG codes. The device can be placed rapidly in the cath lab or operating room, providing systemic, reliable extracorporeal circulatory support, formerly only available by cardiopulmonary bypass for critically ill patients.

About CardiacAssist

Founded in 1996, CardiacAssist, Inc. is a privately held, Pittsburgh-based medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative products designed to provide cardiologists and cardiac surgeons with minimally invasive solutions for providing extracorporeal circulatory support. Its vision is to help advance the treatment of heart disease by bridging gaps in current treatment methodologies.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that relate to CardiacAssist's future business and financial performance. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual events or future results to differ from those discussed herein.

Source: CardiacAssist

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