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Profile: Sunshine Heart Inc (SSH.OQ)

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Sunshine Heart, Inc., incorporated on August 22, 2002, is a medical device company. The Company operates through cardiac and coronary disease products segment. The Company is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing its C-Pulse Heart Assist System (the C-Pulse System) for treatment of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure.

The C-Pulse System is based on the concept of counterpulsation applied in an extra-aortic approach to assist the left ventricle by reducing the workload required to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing blood flow to the coronary arteries. Once implanted, the C-Pulse cuff is positioned around the patient's ascending aorta above the aortic valve. An electrocardiogram sensing lead is then attached to the heart to determine timing for cuff inflation and deflation in synchronization with the heartbeat. As the heart fills with blood, the C-Pulse cuff inflates to push blood from the aorta to the rest of the body and to the heart muscle through the coronary arteries. Just before the heart pumps, the C-Pulse cuff deflates to reduce the heart's workload through pressure changes, allowing the heart to pump with less effort. The C-Pulse Cuff and electrical leads are connected to a single line that is run through the abdominal wall to connect to a power driver outside the body. The system's single unit driver and battery source are contained inside a carrying bag.

The Company competes with Berlin Heart GmbH, HeartWare International Inc., Jarvik Heart, Inc., ReliantHeart, Inc. and St. Jude Medical Corporation.

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Sunshine Heart Inc

12988 Valley View Rd
EDEN PRAIRIE   MN   55344-3657
P: +1952.3454200
F: +1302.6365454

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