St. Jude Medical Amplatzer Vascular Plug 4

Device allows physicians to reroute blood flow by blocking abnormal vessels


June 18, 2012

St. Jude Medical Inc. launched the Amplatzer Vascular Plug 4 (AVP 4) in June 2012 for use in transcatheter embolization procedures (minimally invasive procedures that involve the selective blocking of blood vessels) within the peripheral vasculature.

Vascular plugs assist physicians in quickly blocking or rerouting blood flow by occluding (closing) abnormal blood vessels. Vascular occlusion lessens pressure on malformed, weakened or leaking blood vessels and reduces blood supply to benign or malignant tumors. The current standard of care for vascular occlusion involves placing several individually threaded coils through a catheter and packing them together to block blood flow.

The Amplatzer Vascular Plug 4 received CE mark approval in July 2009.

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