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CVRx Receives Innovator of the Year Award; Company Recognized for Developing Implantable Medical Device to Treat High Blood Pressure.

MINNEAPOLIS Minneapolis (mĭn'ēăp`əlĭs), city (1990 pop. 368,383), seat of Hennepin co., E Minn., at the head of navigation on the Mississippi River, at St. Anthony Falls; inc. 1856.  -- CVRx Inc., a private company that has developed an implantable medical device to treat high blood pressure, announced today that Dr. Robert Kieval, as president and chief executive officer, received a Finance and Commerce Innovator of the Year 2006 award. Dr. Kieval, a company founder, and the CVRx team have developed the Rheos(TM) Baroreflex baroreflex /baro·re·flex/ (bar´o-re?fleks) baroreceptor reflex.

A reflex triggered by stimulation of a baroreceptor.


see baroreceptor.
 Hypertension hypertension or high blood pressure, elevated blood pressure resulting from an increase in the amount of blood pumped by the heart or from increased resistance to the flow of blood through the small arterial blood vessels (arterioles).  Therapy(TM) System, which is intended for use in patients who cannot control their blood pressure with medications and lifestyle modifications.

"In just a few years, our exceptional team has advanced a promising concept to the point where we are now providing therapy to patients in clinical trials, and we are delighted with the results thus far," said Kieval. "We have demonstrated that Rheos can reduce blood pressure in patients, and we are working closely with the FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration

FDA, See Food and Drug Administration.

FDA, the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration.
 on plans for a pivotal clinical trial of our product. This unique approach to managing high blood pressure has the potential to improve the lives of patients with high blood pressure and prevent more serious disease."

Approximately 25 percent of people with hypertension cannot control their high blood pressure, despite the use of multiple medications. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 65 million people in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . It is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease Kidney Disease Definition

Kidney disease is a general term for any damage that reduces the functioning of the kidney. Kidney disease is also called renal disease.
 and causes an estimated one in every eight deaths worldwide.

About CVRx: CVRx was founded in 2001. The Rheos System is an implantable device that is designed to reduce blood pressure by using mild electrical signals to influence the body's blood pressure regulation system, known as the baroreflex. This investigational device is currently in clinical trials in Europe and the United States. For more information visit

About Finance & Commerce: Finance and Commerce is the only daily newspaper in the Minneapolis and St. Paul St. Paul

as a missionary he fearlessly confronts the “perils of waters, of robbers, in the city, in the wilderness.” [N.T.: II Cor. 11:26]

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 area that is devoted exclusively to business. Each year Finance & Commerce recognizes pioneering companies that have demonstrated an innovative spirit and developed creative products and solutions.

CAUTION: CVRx Rheos System is an investigational device and is limited by Federal (or United States) law to investigational use only.

CVRx, Rheos, Baroreflex Hypertension Therapy are trademarks of CVRx, Inc. (C) CVRx, Inc. 2005
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Date:Aug 23, 2006
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