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Boston Scientific (BSX) Reports Positive Data on HeartLogic

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Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX - Free Report) recently announced positive results from the first clinical trial on the HeartLogic Heart Failure Diagnostic Service to evaluate impending heart failure (HF) decompensation. Data collected from the Multisensor Chronic Evaluation in Ambulatory Heart Failure Patients (MultiSENSE) study were presented as a late-breaking clinical trial at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2016 in New Orleans.

The study included 900 patients who had improved sensor data collection enabled in their cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) systems and were followed for up to one year in either a development or test cohort. Information from the 500 patients within the development set was used to construct the HeartLogic composite index and alert algorithm by combining heart sounds, respiration rate and volume, thoracic impedance, heart rate and activity. The 400 patients within the test set were sequestered for subsequent independent validation of HeartLogic.

The MultiSENSE trial data confirmed that HeartLogic alert had an observed sensitivity of 70% and a low unexplained alert rate (alerts not followed by a HF event) of 1.47 per patient per year. The data also demonstrated that the alert algorithm by combining multiple measurements could successfully inform clinicians of worsening heart failure and lay the foundation for future studies.

Notably, HeartLogic Heart Failure Diagnostic Service is not commercially available at present. Management has submitted a design profile for CE Mark and a premarket FDA approval application of the HeartLogic service and plans to carry out post-approval studies, including Multiple cArdiac seNsors for mAnaGEment of Heart Failure (MANAGE-HF), to further evaluate the alert. We expect this latest development to advance this process of approval.

As per a GlobalData report, the global heart failure market is set to grow to $11.8 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 13.7%. We believe Boston Scientific has the means to cash in the opportunities in this growing market. In its recently concluded third quarter, Boston Scientific’s Medsurg and Rhythm Management segment posted a strong performance, recording a 10% growth. The HeartLogic service study results will boost the segment’s capabilities to develop differentiated solutions for the management of heart failure cases.

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