Amplatzer Ventricular Septal Occluders

Amplatzer Ventricular
Septal Occluders

The Pioneer in Ventricular Septal Defect Occluders1

Abbott’s Industry-Leading AMPLATZER Line1

Abbott’s Amplatzer line not only pioneered structural heart defect occluders, it also retains a leadership position in structural heart innovation and treatment worldwide.1

Ventricular septal defects (VSD) are the most common congenital heart defects,2 and Amplatzer™ Muscular VSD Occluders have a 20-year record of safety and effectiveness.

Types of VSDs

There are 4 types of VSDs:

  • Perimembranous VSDs
  • Muscular VSDs
  • Conal, or subpulmonary VSDs
  • Inlet VSDs

Learn more about each type of VSD.

Amplatzer Options for Ventricular Septal Defect Closure

Abbott offers 2 devices in the US for percutaneous, transcatheter VSD occlusion. Like many Amplatzer occluders, these devices:

  • Are self-expandable, double-disc devices
  • Are made of Nitinol wire mesh
  • Can be recaptured and redeployed for precision in placement
  • Are designed for complete closure
  • Provide substrate for tissue in-growth
  • Have a connecting waist that corresponds to the size of the VSD*

* With the condition that the implanter chooses the appropriate device size

More Details on Ventricular Septal Defects

Find out more about the patients who benefit from treatment.


MAT-2008371 v1.0 | Item approved for U.S. use only.

  1. Data on file at Abbott.
  2. Stout KK, Daniels CJ, Aboulhosn JA, et al. 2018 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2019;73(12):e81-e192. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000603.
Important safety information


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.


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


  • 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.


Store in a dry place.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

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