Cardiola AG announced that a study (Therapeutic Value of Muscular Counterpulsation After Coronary Bypass Grafting Operation) published demonstrates that MCP (muscular counterpulsation) represents a new, noninvasive, ECG-triggered circulation support system, which is effective for achieving hemodynamic improvement via afterload reduction. The use of MCP decreases postoperative complications and significantly shortens the hospital stay.” The study’s principal investigator was Larry V. Lapanashvili, MD, a cardiac surgeon at Marji Medical Center, Tbilisi, Georgia. In the study by Dr. Lapanashvili (who is a recognized pioneer in MCP), 50 patients (mean age 54) undergoing CABG were randomized into two groups: A control group (20 patients) receiving standard postoperative treatment without counterpulsation, and a treatment group (30 patients) undergoing MCP treatment for 30 minutes daily for the eight initial postoperative days in addition to standard therapy. MCP treatment resulted in a 36 percent decrease of systemic vascular resistance compared to a 16 percent decrease in the control group. Postoperative complications occurred in just one patient of the MCP treatment group and in seven (39 percent) of the control group. In addition, compared to the control group, patients in the MCP treatment group had a 28 percent shorter postoperative hospital stay than in the control group. “We are very pleased with the results of this study, which demonstrate that MCP—the proprietary technology platform of our patented m.pulse device—facilitates timely and effective therapy, improving clinical outcomes of CHF patients,” said Christof Lenz, Cardiola’s CEO and former Global Innovation Manager at Siemens Medical. “Our m.pulse system offers patients a well- validated, affordable and non-surgical treatment alternative that they themselves can perform in their own home.” Cardiola’s m.pulse device, based on Muscular CounterPulsation (MCP) technology, is approved in Europe for treating CHF as a nonsurgical, at-home therapy. Battery-powered m.pulse, the size of a cell phone that the patient attaches to his belt for about 45 minutes per treatment, is synchronized to his cardiac cycle to stimulate the muscles of the calves and thighs to make them contract counter to the heart’s beating. This well-established counterpulsation action results in increased blood flow to the heart muscle while decreasing the heart’s workload. Counterpulsation was previously only available in a clinical setting. Now, m.pulse is the world’s first and only device enabling CHF patients to receive MCP therapy at home.