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April 21, 2011 07:00 ET

Norwegian Cardiologists Use Breakthrough Technology to Study Heart Remodeling After Valve Replacement in Patients With Blue-Baby Syndrome

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - April 21, 2011) - VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd. ("VentriPoint") (TSX VENTURE:VPT) (PINK SHEETS:VPTDF) A leading Norwegian pediatric cardiologist said the medical technology developed by VentriPoint has opened a new window to monitoring the remodeling of the right heart after pulmonary valve replacement.

Dr.Henrik Brun, a cardiologist at Norway's premier children's hospital called Oslo University Hospital in the capital city of Oslo, will be presenting a study designed to assess VentriPoint Medical System(VMS™) as a monitoring tool.

"We have been using the VMS™ for three months with promising results," said Dr. Henrik Brun. "It is time to tell other paediatric cardiologists about our first experience and what we hope to achieve; particularly for the follow-up of Tetralogy of Fallot (a heart disease often referred to as 'blue-baby syndrome') patients that we have studied using the VMS™ imaging process."

To that end Dr. Brun will be speaking about "Knowledge based reconstruction: A New 3D Echocardiology Concept" at a cardiology meeting in Norway on April 27th. Knowledge based reconstruction is the fundamental technology around which the VMS™ system is built.

Dr. Brun and Dr. Christian Neukamm have been using the VMS™ since December of 2010 as part of a project to evaluate right ventricular function in patients that have had a pulmonary valve replacement using a Perimount® bovine pericardial tissue valve.

The Rikshospitalet University Hospital is a national reference hospital responsible for introducing and developing new medical examination methods, treatment methods and follow-ups. It conducts more than 50 per cent of the total medical research in Norwegian medical centres.

In other news, VentriPoint also announces that, pending TSX Venture Exchange approval, it intends to issue 441,088 common shares in the capital of VentriPoint (the "Commons Shares") to holders of secured debentures of the Corporation (the "Secured Debentures") in satisfaction of annual interest due on the Secured Debentures in accordance with the terms of the Secured Debentures. The Common Shares will be issued at a deemed price (10-day average on interest due date) of $0.148 per share to the holders of the Secured Debentures for interest due totaling $65,281 and will have a hold period of four months from the date of issuance in accordance with applicable securities legislation.

About VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd.

VentriPoint has created a diagnostic ultrasound tool to monitor patients with heart disease, a leading cause of death in developed countries. VMS™ is the first cost-effective and accurate diagnostic tool for measuring right ventricle heart function. Congenital heart is the first application in a suite of applications for all major heart diseases including pulmonary hypertension, cardiovascular disease and heart failure - a multibillion-dollar market potential. Canada and Europe (CE Mark) have granted approval for the sale of VentriPoint's VMS™ diagnostic tool and it is pursuing the US-FDA approval through the 510(k) process.

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