Abbott is a multinational medical device and healthcare company. Its headquarter is located in Abbott Park, Illinois, United States. It was founded in 1888 by Dr. Wallace Calvin Abbott.
The company operates in four business segments: Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Nutrition, and Pharmaceuticals.
- The medical devices segment produces a range of products such as stents, catheters, and heart valves.
- The diagnostic segment produces laboratory diagnostic equipment and tests.
- The Nutrition segment produces a range of products such as infant formulas and clinical nutrition products.
- The Pharmaceuticals segment produces a range of products such as Humira, which is a treatment for autoimmune diseases, and Kaletra, a treatment for HIV.
Abbott Laboratories operates in over 150 countries and has a diversified product portfolio. It has invested in research and development to improve the quality of products and services, to cater to the ever-growing healthcare needs of the global population.
Abbott Medical Devices
1 – Portico™ Valve
A Portico valve is a type of heart valve replacement used to treat patients with aortic valve disease. The Portico transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system is a minimally invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased or damaged aortic valve without the need for open-heart surgery. The procedure involves threading a replacement valve through a small incision in the patient’s leg or chest and implanting it inside the native valve, which is then pushed out of the way. This procedure is typically used for patients who are at high risk for traditional open-heart surgery.
2 – Aveir™ VR
Aveir™ VR Leadless pacemakers are a new type of pacemaker that does not require leads (wires) to be inserted into the heart, unlike traditional pacemakers. Instead, they are small devices that are implanted directly into the heart using a catheter through a vein in the leg. They are designed to be less invasive and have a shorter recovery time compared to traditional pacemakers.
Leadless pacemakers have many benefits such as eliminating the risk of lead fracture and less risk of infection. They also have longer battery life and are smaller in size.
3 – Amplatzer Amulet
The Amplatzer Amulet is a medical device used in the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart’s upper chambers (atria) beat irregularly and can cause blood clots to form. These clots can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
The Amplatzer Amulet is a type of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device. The left atrial appendage is a small pouch-like structure in the left atrium of the heart. This structure is known to be a common site for blood clots to form in patients with atrial fibrillation. The Amplatzer Amulet is designed to block this structure and prevent blood clots from forming and entering the bloodstream.
The device is made of nitinol, a metal alloy that is known for its flexibility and durability. The Amplatzer Amulet is delivered to the heart through a minimally invasive procedure. Once in place, the device expands and conforms to the shape of the left atrial appendage, blocking it and preventing blood from entering or exiting.