Blog Tag: Cardiac Plugs

St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implant in Clinical Trial of Cardiac Plug

St. Jude Medical, Inc. issued a press release today announcing the first patient implant in a clinical trial of the company’s AMPLATZER™ Cardiac Plug (ACP), a device designed to prevent stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.  According to the press release, the ACP is

[a] self-expanding occlusion device constructed from nitinol mesh, and delivered via catheter [and] is designed to completely seal the [left atrial appendage (LAA)] (a tubular-shaped, muscular appendage connected to the left atrium of the heart) at its opening, and minimize blood clots from forming in the LAA and migrating into the bloodstream.

The press release states that the trial will compare the safety and efficacy of the device to the traditional treatment option of using long-term, blood-thinning medication.