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[September 12, 2005]

Suny Downstate Medical Center Is First To Use Amplatzer Septal Occluder In Brooklyn

SUNY Downstate Medical Center's University Hospital of Brooklyn is the first in the borough to treat heart defects using the Amplatzer Septal Occluder, an expandable double-disk implant delivered through a catheter.

Jonathan Marmur, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology at Downstate, is the first physician to use the Amplatzer device in Brooklyn. The Amplatzer gives physicians the ability to correct problems such as atrial septal defect, a congenital heart disorder characterized by a hole in the muscular wall of the heart, through cardiac catheterization as opposed to open-heart surgery.
A small incision is made in the patient's groin area and the occluder's delivery system is inserted through a vein. The physician then directs the catheter up to the heart, where the doctor opens up the implant and closes the hole.
The FDA approved the Amplatzer in 2001. It is made of wire mesh and polyester fabric. Patients with extensive cardiac abnormalities, infections, or blood clots in and around the heart cannot undergo this procedure; likewise those allergic to nickel and those who cannot take aspirin or blood thinners should not be treated with this device.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is located at 450 Clarkson Avenue. It is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn and serves more than 2 million people throughout the borough.