HUDSON, N.H., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Atrium Medical Corporation and Kaneka Corporation are proud to announce the introduction of the Xpress-Way™ RX Extraction Catheter. Xpress-Way RX has recently received FDA 510K clearance and is indicated for the removal of fresh, soft emboli and thrombi from vessels in the coronary and peripheral vasculature. The Xpress-Way RX manual extraction catheter is manufactured by Kaneka Corporation (Osaka, Japan) and Atrium Medical Corporation (Hudson, NH) is the exclusive distributor of the Xpress-Way RX in the U.S.
Thrombus aspiration uses the suction force generated from a syringe to pull soft fresh thrombus from a vessel. Thrombus can form throughout the body, but manual thrombus aspiration is commonly used in patients that have heart attacks. The main cause of heart attacks is due to a plaque rupture in one of the major coronary arteries, which causes a blood clot to form reducing blood flow and depriving the heart muscle downstream of oxygen rich blood. Manual thrombus aspiration is one tool used by interventional cardiologists to remove the blood clot and restore critical blood flow to the heart muscle.
About Xpress-Way™ RX
The Xpress-Way™ RX Extraction Catheter is an ultra low profile manual aspiration system designed for the removal of fresh, soft emboli, and thrombi in both coronary and peripheral vessels. Xpress-Way RX incorporates an innovative removable stylet and has been designed with enhanced pushability, anti-kinking, trackability, and crossability which allows for unmatched deliverability and market leading performance. Outside the United States, the Xpress-Way RX is marketed as the Thrombuster II (Kaneka Corporation, Osaka, Japan).
Atrium's vast expertise in medical device technologies for the treatment of coronary and vascular disease, chest trauma, hernia and soft tissue injury has brought a number o