Structural Heart Occluders

This channel includes news and new technology innovations about structural heart occluders. These include information of surgical repair and transcatheter closure of PFO, VSD, ASD and LAA. Devices include the Amplatzer and the Gore Helex

News | October 25, 2010
October 25, 2010 – The Hague, Netherlands ruled in favor of Occlutech, a transcatheter structural heart occluder...
Feature | October 18, 2010
St. Jude Medical Inc. said it plans to acquire AGA Medical Holdings Inc. for about $1.3 billion. The purchase will...
News | October 04, 2010
October 4, 2010 – Germany will reimburse patients who have a left atrial appendage closure procedure in 2011. The...
News | September 28, 2010
September 28, 2010 – The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2010 symposium featured a live case...
News | September 22, 2010
September 23, 2010 – The first consensus document for treating structural heart disease has been published by the...

The Watchman device is a transcatheter left atrial appendage occluder. It is meant to be an alternative to blood thinners in preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Feature | September 07, 2010 | John Kao, M.D., FACC and Anupama Shivaraju, M.D.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and is a major risk factor for developing...

The Gore Helex septal occluder.

News | August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 – Alleging infringement of a patent for its transcatheter cardiac septal occluder devices, AGA...
News | August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 – There will be special tracks available for nurses and technologists and for the transcatheter...
News | August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010 – A 52-year-old male heart failure patient in Krakow, Poland, became the first human to receive the...

NMT Medicals BioStar bioabsorbable occluder, several months after implantation.

Feature | July 20, 2010 | Dave Fornell
In addition to the FDA-cleared Gore Helex and the AGA Amplatzer transcatheter devices for atrial septal defects (ASDs...
The Amplatzer transcatheter occluder can help seal holes in heart.

The nitinol wire frame of the AGA Amplatzer ASD Occluder allows structural support to seal larger holes in the heart. Photo courtesy AGA Medical Corp.

Feature | Structural Heart Occluders | July 20, 2010 | Dave Fornell
(This article was updated with new information in June 2016)  Transcatheter structural heart repair devices deployed in...
News | July 09, 2010
July 9, 2010 – W. L. Gore and Associates announced today that they are confident in the design and anticipated...
News | June 27, 2010
June 28, 2010 – AGA Medical has been denied the right to appeal a decision in a United Kingdom patent case concerning...
News | June 17, 2010
June 17, 2010 – AGA Medical Holdings Inc. this week announced first patient enrollment in the feasibility phase of...
Technology | June 16, 2010
June 16, 2010 – A new surgical device for excluding the left atrial appendage has received clearance from the U.S....