Treating Life-Threatening Openings
in the Wall of the Heart Without Open-Heart Surgery
Interventional cardiologists at Abington Memorial Hospital are closing a life-threatening opening in the wall of the heart without open-heart surgery. As an alternative to an open-heart procedure, the interventional cardiologists thread an implant – a self-expandable double disk made from wire mesh and polyester fabric – through a catheter in the groin into the heart’s blood vessels to close the opening in the heart. When the implant is in place, the device becomes a permanent part of the wall of the heart. Amazing technology that represents how innovations in heart care can result in better outcomes for patients with serious heart problems.
Indication: The AMPLATZER Multi-Fenestrated Septal Occluder – “Cribriform” is a percutaneous, transcatheter, atrial septa defect closure device intended for the closure of multi-fenestrated (cribriform) atrial septa defects (ASD). Patients indicated for ASD closure have echocardiographic evidence of fenestrated ostium secundum atrial septa defect and clinical evidence of right ventricular volume overload (i.e., 1.5: degree of left-to-right shunt or RV enlargement).
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