Sunshine Heart to Feature Initial European OPTIONS HF Data at 2013 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Conference

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunshine Heart, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSH) announced today that its flagship C-Pulse® Heart Assist System will be featured in a clinical presentation at the 25th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium. The TCT symposium will take place October 27th through November 1st in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center.

On Monday, October 28th, an update will be provided on the ongoing European C-Pulse OPTIONS HF study in an oral presentation as part of the day's session entitled, "Device-Based Approaches for Heart Failure: Recent Developments and New Directions." The oral presentation will be included in Session III: LVAD's for "Less Sick Patients," at 10:39 a.m. (PDT) in Moscone West, Room 3009. The oral presentation will be led by Professor Thomas Krabatsch, of The German Heart Center in Berlin, Germany, a worldwide leading center in the treatment of heart failure patients.

In addition, the Company will host an analyst and investor breakfast on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 a.m. (PDT) held at the W Hotel San Francisco. Management will provide a brief corporate update followed by physician presentations listed below:

1) Professor Thomas Krabatsch, The German Heart Center, Berlin – Initial Clinical Observations on the OPTIONS HF Trial

2) Dr. Andrew Kao, St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City – Single Center Experience with C-Pulse Patient Weaning

3) Dr. William Cohn, Texas Heart Institute – Progress with Fully Implantable Pump, Next Steps

The program will conclude with a question and answer session.

About the C-Pulse® Heart Assist System

The C-Pulse Heart Assist System, or C-Pulse System, an investigational device in the United States, Canada and countries that do not recognize the CE mark approval, utilizes the scientific principles of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation applied in an extra-aortic approach to assist the left ventricle by reducing the workload required to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing blood flow to the coronary arteries. Combined, these potential benefits may help sustain the patient's current condition or, in some cases, reverse the heart failure process, thereby potentially preventing the need for later-stage heart failure devices, such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), artificial hearts or transplants. It may also provide relief from the symptoms of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure and improve quality of life and cardiac function. Based on the results from our feasibility trial, we also believe that some patients treated with our C-Pulse System will be able to stop using the device due to sustained improvement in their condition as a result of the therapy.

Caution: Investigational device, limited by Federal (or United States) Law to Investigational use.

About Sunshine® Heart

Sunshine Heart, Inc. is a medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing the C-Pulse System for treatment of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. Sunshine Heart has completed an approved U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feasibility clinical trial of the C-Pulse System and presented the results in November 2011. In March 2012, the FDA notified the Company that it could move forward with an investigational device exemption (IDE) application. Sunshine Heart received unconditional approval from the FDA in November 2012 to initiate its pivotal trial. In July 2012 Sunshine Heart received CE Mark approval for its C-Pulse System in Europe. Sunshine Heart is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Minneapolis with a wholly owned subsidiary in Australia. The Company has been listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market since February 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and information currently available to management. All statements that address future operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, future clinical trial activities and results including patient enrollment in trials. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the possibility that our clinical trials do not meet their enrollment goals, meet their endpoints or otherwise fail, that regulatory authorities do not accept our application or approve the marketing of the C-Pulse System, the possibility that we may be unable to raise the funds necessary for the development and commercialization of our products, that we may not be able to commercialize our products successfully in the European Union and the other risk factors described under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date when made and may turn out to be inaccurate. We do not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. We may not actually achieve the plans, projections or expectations disclosed in forward-looking statements, and actual results, developments or events could differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Media: Laura Forman Blueprint Life Science Group T: +1-415-375-3340 Investor: Jeff Mathiesen Chief Financial Officer Sunshine Heart, Inc. T: +1-952-345-4200

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