INNOVATIVE ANSWERS TO VSD CLOSURE.

Ventricular septal defects (VSDs) are the most commonly found congenital heart defect.1 Our VSD portfolio includes occluders specifically designed to close complex VSDs in patients considered to be too high risk for standard surgical repair.

VENTRICULAR SEPTAL DEFECTS (VSD)

A ventricular septal defect is hole in the septum between the ventricles and is the most common type of heart malformation. A VSD allows blood from the left ventricle to pass through into the right ventricle, creating extra stress to the right ventricle in order to keep up with the additional blood flow. Patients with a VSD carry an increased risk of infection to the heart walls and valves.

AMPLATZER™ MUSCULAR VSD OCCLUDER

The Amplatzer Muscular VSD Occluder is specially designing to close complex muscular VSDs in patients considered to be high risk for standard surgical repair.

DESIGNED FOR VSD CLOSURE

  • Device waist centers and fills the defect
  • Polyester material promotes occlusion and tissue in-growth
  • 7 mm waist length accommodates the thickness of the muscular ventricular septal wall
  • Symmetrical design allows a femoral or arterial delivery approach
  • Designed to be recaptured and redeployed for precise placement
AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder

AMPLATZER MUSCULAR PI VSD OCCLUDER

The Amplatzer Muscular PI VSD Occluder is a percutaneous transcatheter occlusion device intended for closure of post-myocardial infarct muscular VSDs in patients who are not satisfactory surgical candidates.

DESIGNED FOR VSD CLOSURE

  • Self-expanding, double-disc device designed for closure of muscular ventricular septal defects
  • 10 mm waist length accommodates the damaged muscular tissue of the ventricular septal wall of myocardial infarction patients
  • Symmetrical design allows a venous or arterial delivery approach
  • Device can be easily recaptured and redeployed for optimal placement
  • Nitinol and interwoven polyester promote occlusion and tissue in-growth
AMPLATZER™ PI MUSCULAR VSD OCCLUDER

AMPLATZER MEMBRANOUS VSD OCCLUDER

The Amplatzer Membranous VSD Occluder is designed for minimally invasive transcatheter closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects.

DESIGNED FOR VSD CLOSURE

  • Self-expanding, double-disc device designed for closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects
  • Non-concentric design allows for placement that avoids interference with the aortic or atrioventricular valves
  • Device can be easily recaptured and redeployed for optimal placement
  • Nitinol and interwoven polyester promote occlusion and tissue in-growth
  • Designed to be recaptured and redeployed for precise placement
REFERENCES:

1. Hoffman, J., & Kaplan, S. (2002). The incidence of congenital heart disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 39(12), 1890-1900. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(02)01886-7


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION



AMPLATZER™ MUSCULAR VSD OCCLUDER
INDICATIONS AND USAGE

The AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder is indicated for use in patients with a complex ventricular septal defect (VSD) of significant size to warrant closure (large volume left-to-right shunt, pulmonary hypertension, and/or clinical symptoms of congestive heart failure) who are considered to be at high risk for standard transatrial or transarterial surgical closure based on anatomical conditions and/or based on overall medical condition.

High-risk anatomical factors for transatrial or transarterial surgical closure include patients:

  • Requiring left ventriculotomy or an extensive right ventriculotomy.
  • With a failed previous VSD closure.
  • With multiple apical and/or anterior muscular VSDs (“Swiss cheese septum”).
  • With posterior apical VSDs covered by trabeculae.
CONTRAINDICATIONS

The AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder is contraindicated for the following:

  • Patients with defects less than 4 mm distance from the semilunar (aortic and pulmonary) and atrioventricular valves (mitral and tricuspid)
  • Patients with severely increased pulmonary vascular resistance above 7 Wood units and a right-to-left shunt and documented irreversible pulmonary vascular disease
  • Patients with perimembranous (close to the aortic valve) VSD
  • Patients with post-infarction VSD
  • Patients who weigh less than 5.2 kg. (Patients smaller than 5.2 kg were studied in the clinical trial, but due to poor outcome, these patients have been contraindicated for device placement. Data from these patients has not been included in the overall analysis.)
  • Patients with sepsis (local/generalized)
  • Patients with active bacterial infections
  • Patients with contraindications to antiplatelet therapy or agents
WARNINGS
  • The AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder and delivery system should only be used by those physicians trained in transcatheter defect closure techniques.
  • Physicians must be prepared to deal with urgent situations, such as device embolization, which require removal of the device. This includes the availability of an on-site surgeon.
  • Embolized devices must be removed. Embolized devices should not be withdrawn through intracardiac structures unless they have been adequately collapsed within a sheath.
  • Use on or before the last day of the expiration month noted on the product packaging.
  • The device is sterilized using ethylene oxide and is for single use only. Do not reuse or resterilize. Attempts to resterilize the device may result in device malfunction, inadequate sterilization, or patient harm.
  • Do not use the device if the packaging sterile barrier is open or damaged.
  • Do not release the AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder from the delivery cable if the device does not conform to its original configuration or if the device position is unstable. Recapture the device and redeploy. If still unsatisfactory, recapture the device and replace with a new device.
  • Device closure in patients who have suffered a previous thromboembolic stroke should be discussed with the patient or family. In addition, consultation with a neurologist and hematologist is suggested to determine if the benefit of device closure outweighs the risk.
PRECAUTIONS

Handling
Store in a dry place.

Sizing
Accurate defect sizing is crucial and mandatory for AMPLATZER™ Muscular VSD Occluder device selection. The VSD should be assessed and sized at end diastole by transesophogeal echocardiography (TEE) or angiography to determine the appropriate device size. Device selection should be 2 mm larger than the defect size.

Procedural

  • This device contains nickel-titanium alloy, which is generally considered safe. However, in vitro testing has demonstrated that nickel is released from this device for a minimum of 60 days. Patients who are allergic to nickel may have an allergic reaction to this device, especially those with a history of metal allergies. Certain allergic reactions can be serious; patients should be instructed to seek medical assistance immediately if they suspect they are experiencing an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face or throat. While data is currently limited, it is possible that some patients may develop an allergy to nickel if this device is implanted.
  • The physician should exercise clinical judgment in situations that involve the use of anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs before, during, and/or after the use of this device.
  • This device should only be used by physicians who have been trained in transcatheter techniques and who should determine which patients are suitable candidates for procedures using this device.
  • Aspirin (eg, 81 mg or 325 mg) or an alternative antiplatelet/ anticoagulant is recommended to be started at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Cephalosporin therapy is optional.
  • Maintain a recommended minimum active clotting time (ACT) of 200 seconds prior to device insertion and throughout the procedure.
  • If TEE is used, the patient’s esophogeal anatomy must be adequate for placement and manipulation of the TEE probe.
  • Patients requiring multiple devices and/or concomitant catheterization procedures might require prolonged fluoroscopy times and multiple cineangiograms. The risks of radiation exposure (eg, increased cancer risk) should be discussed in detail with the patient or family and alternatives which do not involve radiation exposure should be reviewed.

Post-implant

  • Patients should be treated with antiplatelet/anticoagulation therapy (such as aspirin) for 6 months post-implant. The decision to continue antiplatelet/anticoagulation therapy beyond 6 months is at the discretion of the physician.
  • Endocarditis prophylaxis should be followed according to the American Heart Association recommendations.
  • Any patient who has a residual shunt should undergo an echocardiographic evaluation of the residual shunt every 6 months until complete closure of the defect has been confirmed.
  • Patients should be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for 1 month. Strenuous activities such as contact sports prior to 1 month after implant may cause the device to dislodge and embolize.

Use in Specific Populations

  • Pregnancy – Care should be taken to minimize the radiation exposure to the fetus and the mother.
  • Nursing mothers – There has been no quantitative assessment of the presence of leachables from the device/procedure in breast milk, and the risk to nursing mothers is unknown.

MR Conditional1

Through non-clinical testing, AMPLATZER™ devices have been shown to be MR Conditional. A patient with an implanted AMPLATZER™ device can be scanned safely immediately after placement of the device under the
following conditions:
– Static magnetic field of 3 tesla or less
– Spatial gradient magnetic field of 720 G/cm or less
– Maximum MR system-reported, whole-body-averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 3 W/kg for 15 minutes of scanning

During testing, the device produced a clinically non-significant temperature rise at a maximum MR system-reported, whole-body-averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 3 W/kg for 15 minutes of scanning in a 3-tesla MR system using a transmit/ receive body coil.

MR image quality may be compromised if the area of interest is in the exact same area or relatively close to the position of the device. Therefore, optimization of MR imaging parameters to compensate for the presence of this device may be necessary.

POTENTIAL ADVERSE EVENTS

Potential adverse events may occur during or after a procedure using this device may include, but are not limited to:
Air embolus; Allergic drug reaction; Allergic dye reaction; Anemia; Anesthesia reactions; Apnea; Arrhythmia; Arterial pulse loss; Atelectasis; Bacterial endocarditis; Blood loss requiring transfusion; Brachial plexus injury; Cardiac arrest; Cardiomyopathy; Chest pain; Cyanosis; Death; Device embolization; Device fracture; Fever; Headache/migraine; Heart block; Hypotension; Myocardial infarction; Perforation of the vessel or myocardium; Peripheral embolism; Stridor; Stroke; Subaortic stenosis; Thrombus formation on device; Vascular access site injury; Venous thrombosis; Vomiting

1. MR Conditional as defined in ASTM F 2503-05.



AMPLATZER™ POST-INFARCT MUSCULAR VSD OCCLUDER
INDICATIONS AND USAGE

The AMPLATZER™ Post-infarct Muscular VSD Occluder is percutaneous transcatheter occlusion device intended for closure of post-myocardial infarct muscular VSDs in patients who are not satisfactory surgical candidates.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

The AMPLATZER™ Post-infarct Muscular VSD Occluder is contraindicated for the following:

  • Patients with perimembranous VSDs or a VSDs close to the aortic or mitral valve
  • Patients with congenital muscular VSDs
  • Patients with the presence of thrombus at the intended site of implant, or documented evidence of venous thrombus in the vessels through which access to the defect is gained
  • Patients with active endocarditis or other infections producing bacteremia
  • Patients whose vasculature, through which access to the defect is gained, is inadequate to accommodate the appropriate sheath size
  • Patients known to have active sepsis or any systemic infection that cannot be successfully treated prior to device placement
  • Any patient known to have a bleeding disorder, untreated ulcer, or any other contraindications to aspirin therapy, unless another antiplatelet agent can be administered for 6 months
WARNINGS
  • The AMPLATZER™ Post-infarct Muscular VSD Occluder should only be used by physicians trained in transcatheter defect closure techniques.
  • Physicians must be prepared to deal with urgent situations, such as device embolization, which require removal of the device. This includes the availability of an on-site surgeon. CAUTION: Embolized devices must be removed. Embolized devices should not be withdrawn through intracardiac structures unless they have been adequately collapsed within a sheath.
  • Do not use the device if the packaging sterile barrier is open or damaged.
  • Use on or before the last day of the expiration month noted on the product packaging.
  • The device is sterilized using ethylene oxide and is for single use only. Do not reuse or resterilize. Attempts to resterilize the device may result in device malfunction, inadequate sterilization, or patient harm.
  • Do not release the AMPLATZER™ Post-infarct Muscular VSD Occluder from the delivery cable if the device does not conform to its original configuration or if the device position is unstable. Recapture the device and redeploy. If still unsatisfactory, recapture the device and replace it with a new device.
  • Remove the dilator and sheath from the patient slowly to prevent an ingress of air.
PRECAUTIONS

This device contains nickel-titanium alloy, which is generally considered safe. However, in vitro testing has demonstrated that nickel is released from this device for a minimum of 120 days. Patients who are allergic to nickel may have an allergic reaction to this device, especially those with a history of metal allergies. Certain allergic reactions can be serious; and therefore, patients should be instructed to seek medical assistance immediately if they suspect they are experiencing an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face or throat. While data are currently limited, it is possible that some patients may develop an allergy to nickel if this device is implanted.

Handling
Store in a dry place.

Procedural

  • Use standard interventional cardiovascular catheterization techniques when using AMPLATZER™ products.
  • This device should only be used by physicians who have been trained in transcatheter techniques. The physician should determine which patients are suitable candidates for procedures using this device.
  • The physician should exercise clinical judgment in situations that involve the use of anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs before, during, and/or after the use of this device.
  • Aspirin (3–5 mg/kg/day) is to be started at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Cephalosporin therapy is optional.
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) or similar imaging equipment is recommended as an aid in placing the device. If TEE is used, the patient’s esophageal anatomy must be adequate for placement and manipulation of the TEE probe.

Use in Specific Populations

  • Pregnancy – Care should be taken to minimize the radiation exposure to the fetus and the mother.
  • Nursing mothers – There has been no quantitative assessment of the presence of leachables from the device/procedure in breast milk, and the risk to nursing mothers is unknown.
POTENTIAL ADVERSE EVENTS

Potential adverse events may occur during or after a procedure using this device may include, but are not limited to:
Air embolus; Allergic drug reaction; Anemia; Anesthesia reactions; Apnea; Arrhythmia; Arterial pulse loss; Atelectasis; Bacterial endocarditis; Bleeding; Brachial plexus injury; Cardiac arrest; Chest pain; Cyanosis; Death; Device embolization; Device fracture; Fever; Headache/migraine; Heart block; Heart failure; Hemolysis; Hypertension; Hypotension; Left ventricular aneurysm; Myocardial infarction;  Perforation of the vessel or myocardium; Peripheral embolism; Renal insufficiency; Respiratory arrest; Sepsis; Stridor; Stroke/TIA; Sub-aortic stenosis; Thrombocytopenia; Thrombus; Valvular regurgitation/insufficiency; Vascular access site complications; Venous thrombosis; Vomiting