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 News Release - September 10, 2007

AGA Medical Corporation Receives Approval for the AMPLATZER Muscular Ventricular Septal Defect Occluder

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 10 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- AGA Medical Corporation ("AGA") announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market the AMPLATZER Muscular Ventricular Septal (VSD) Occluder.

The AMPLATZER Muscular VSD Occluder is intended in patients for transcatheter closure of a complex ventricular septal defect of a sufficient size to warrant closure (large volume left to right shunt, pulmonary hypertension and/or clinical symptoms of congestive heart failure). The patient must also be considered at high risk for surgical closure based either on the anatomy of the defect or the patient's overall medical condition. VSDs typically occur in infants and are the most common type of congenital heart defect.

"We are pleased to make the Muscular VSD Occluder available for our U.S. physician customers," said Franck Gougeon, President and CEO of AGA. "The VSD, along with the previously approved AMPLATZER Septal Occluder and AMPLATZER Duct Occluder, provide U.S. cardiologists with the most comprehensive set of tools from any single company to treat structural heart disease."

The AMPLATZER Muscular VSD Occluder consists of two discs made of self expanding nitinol. The device is implanted via a catheter, a procedure that is a less-invasive alternative to open heart surgery and results in shorter recovery time. To increase the closing ability, the discs are filled with polyester fabric that is secured to the disc. The Muscular VSD Occluder uses the unique AMPLATZER interface between the device and delivery cable. This screw attachment permits the device to be retrieved and repositioned prior to release from the cable.

As part of the approval conditions, AGA has agreed to conduct a five-year post approval study to evaluate long-term safety and effectiveness. In addition, AGA will enroll at least 100 patients in a prospective registry study that will include an evaluation of immediate post-procedural technical success, occurrence of major complications acutely and over designated time intervals, as well as longer term success in closing the shunt associated with the VSD.

ABOUT AGA MEDICAL: AGA Medical Corporation, based in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside Minneapolis), is the leader in developing interventional devices to treat structural heart defects. As a result of the many contributions and creative genius of Dr. Kurt Amplatz, the company has developed and commercialized a series of devices that have revolutionized the treatment of the most common congenital "holes in the heart," such as atrial septal and Patent Foramen Ovale defects. The company is expanding into new areas, including the minimally invasive repair of vascular abnormalities. Over 700 articles have been published in peer reviewed medical publications that support the benefits of AGA Medical devices, such as improved patient outcomes, reduced length of stay and accelerated recovery times for the patient. AGA Medical devices have received regulatory approval and are marketed in over 90 countries with over 250,000 devices shipped to date. For more information visit http://www.amplatzer.com.


Source: AGA Medical

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