ROX® Medical has developed an implantable device and therapy intended to treat uncontrolled high blood pressure. Blood pressure reduction is achieved by diverting a small amount of blood flow from the arterial system into the venous system.
The ROX Coupler is a small stent-like device that is placed between the artery and vein located in the upper thigh. This allows for a fixed amount of blood to flow between them, known as an anastomosis. The Coupler is about the size of a dime and is easily placed using standard catheter techniques.
The minimally invasive catheter procedure to place the Coupler is called the ROX FLOW procedure. The ROX FLOW procedure is performed in an angiography suite or endovascular catheterization lab under only local anesthesia in about an hour. The ROX Coupler is intended for use in patients with uncontrolled hypertension and may lower blood pressure by shifting a modest amount of arterial blood to the venous system.
Watch the video to view the complete procedure.
ROX Medical is conducting the CONTROL HTN-2 clinical trial in the United States for hypertension (visit www.controlhtn2.com for more information). The ROX Medical Coupler is commercially available in Europe under CE mark.
CAUTION: The ROX® Medical Coupler is an investigational device. Limited by federal (or the United States) law to investigational use only.