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AngelMed for Early Recognition and Treatment of STEMI (ALERTS)

Sponsor: Angel Medical Systems


A prospective, randomized multicenter study of subjects with a high-risk of having a myocardial infarction (MI) due to acute coronary syndrome or bypass surgery.

Condition IntervetnionPhase
Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)
Coronary Occlusion
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Device: AngelMed Guardian SystemPhase III

Detailed Description:
There are over one million acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) each year in the United States with more than 400,000 of these resulting in death. Early identification of AMI, and prompt treatment has been shown to significantly improve clinical outcomes. Experimental and clinical studies have shown that most of the irreversible damage to the myocardium occurs during the first two hours after coronary occlusion. Milavetz et al. demonstrated that successful reperfusion therapy within two hours was associated with the greatest degree of myocardial salvage. According to Boersma, et al., restoration of flow, regardless of the method used, can abort infarction within the first 30 minutes after coronary occlusion, and the benefit of fibrinolytic therapy compared with placebo is considerably higher in patients treated within 2 hours after symptom onset than in those treated later.2 Further, evidence exists that expeditious restoration of flow in the obstructed infarct artery after the onset of symptoms in patients with the most severe type of MI, ST elevation MI (STEMI) is a key determinant of short and long-term outcomes regardless of whether reperfusion is accomplished by fibrinolysis or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). , , Therefore, the early arrival at the hospital for a reliable diagnosis and initiation of treatment is paramount to improve the outcomes of myocardial infarction. However, despite efforts at educating the public over the past decade, the mean time from AMI symptom onset to arrival at a hospital for treatment has remained, disappointingly, at 2.5-3.0 hours.1,4,7

The largest proportion of the total pre-hospital delay is the interval between the onset of symptoms and the decision to seek medical treatment. Finnegan et al. described that the reasons for delay in seeking medical evaluation generally stem from patient misconceptions about symptom experience, expectations, and attribution. In many cases, patients expect the type of heart attack that they often see in movies or on television: the kind of crushing chest pain that drops a person to the ground. The reality is that many heart attacks are much "quieter," causing only mild chest pain or discomfort or other symptoms such as shortness of breath or diaphoresis.

If patients would take action during the first hour following symptom onset, many lives and significant cost could be saved. It is technically possible to monitor EKGs and detect an acute infarction, even if the patient is unaware that he or she is experiencing a heart attack. However, currently available systems have limitations in the home environment. Twelve lead EKG systems require a clinically trained individual to place them. Holter monitors suffer from limitations in the ability to detect ST deviation due to low compliance and are limited in practice to 24 to 72 hours of monitoring. Systems using surface leads are all subject to noise and other artifacts from patient movement and body orientation, particularly if the patient is ambulatory.

A potentially ideal solution is to implant a device that measures heart signals from inside the heart and will alert the patient when it detects electrogram characteristics set by the physician as worthy of medical evaluation.



Ages Eligible for Study21 Years and older
Genders Elibible for StudyBoth
Accepts Healthy VolunteersNo


Inclusion Criteria:
  • Subject has at least one of the following conditions:
    1. Diabetes (Type I or Type II)
    2. Compromised renal function (Cr > 1.2 mg/dl or creatinine clearance less than 50)
    3. TIMI Risk Score ≥ 3
  • Presents (within past 6 months) with a high-risk acute coronary syndrome (e.g., Unstable Angina, STEMI or NSTEMI) or has undergone or is scheduled for CABG within 6 months of implantation.
  • Has already undergone coronary angiography and revascularization, unless the physician determines it is appropriate to implant before or during the planned procedure.
  • Lives in a geographic area in close proximity (within 60 minutes by EMS) to any hospital that can treat AMI.
  • Subjects (men or women) at least 21 years of age. Women of childbearing age must have a negative pregnancy test or confirmation of one of the following:
    1. Post-menopause or amenorrheic during the past year
    2. Surgical sterilization
    3. Use of effective contraceptive method
Exclusion Criteria:
  • In the investigator's opinion, subject lacks ability to respond appropriately to alarms, e.g., illiteracy, poor memory or cognitive function, dementia or other condition affecting memory function, etc.
  • There is known compromised tissue at the site of lead implantation in the apex of the right ventricle, e.g., prior infarct affecting the RV apex location.
  • A permanent pacemaker or ICD is already in place or the patient is indicated for ICD or pacemaker implantation based on the guidelines published by the American College of Cardiology as Class I and IIa recommendations. Class IIb recommendations are at the investigator's discretion.
  • Subject cannot feel the IMD vibration when placed on top of the skin on the left pectoral side of the chest.
  • Subject has recurrent or persistent atrial fibrillation.
  • Subject has recurrent or persistent non-sinus cardiac rhythm, second or third degree atrioventricular blocks, QRS duration greater than 120 ms, Benign Early Repolarization (BER), or Brugada Syndrome.
  • Subject has left ventricular hypertrophy evidenced by EKG criteria.
  • Subject has any condition preventing the subcutaneous implantation of the Guardian System in a left pectoral pouch, such as: superior vena cava thrombosis, subcutaneous tissue deemed inappropriate for the procedure or prior central venous access via portacath, Hickman, Groshong, or similar placed in a left pectoral location or left side PICC line.
  • Subject has extremely heavy alcohol consumption (participates in binge drinking that leads to alcohol intoxication) or has history of alcohol or illicit drug abuse within past 5 years.
  • There is evidence of unresolved infection (fever > 38° C and/or leukocytosis > 15,000).
  • Subject has history of bleeding disorders or severe coagulopathy (platelets < 100,000 plts/ml; APTT or PT > 1.3 x reference range).
  • Subject has had a hemorrhagic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) in the past 6 months.
  • Subject has other severe diseases, such as cancer or refractory congestive heart failure, associated with limitation of life expectancy (less than 1 year), which may lead to inadequate compliance to the protocol or confusing data interpretation.
  • Subject has clinical conditions such as heart diseases, difficult-to-control blood pressure, difficult-to-control insulin-dependent diabetes or serious prior infections attributed to the diabetes, or others that, at the investigator's discretion, could seriously affect the subject's current clinical condition during study procedures.
  • Subject has previous participation in the DETECT Study, current participation or previous participation in another drug or device study in the past 30 days that conflicts with this study as determined by the study sponsor.
  • Subject has experienced gastro-intestinal hemorrhage in the past 6 months.
  • Subject has any situation in which the use of aspirin is contraindicated for at least 6 months.
  • Subject has epilepsy.
  • Subject has known severe allergies, e.g., peanut, bee sting, etc.

Contacts and Locations

Ameer Kabour, MD

Michelle Hickam, RN, BSN
Brenda Hoagland, RN, CCRC
Julie Neidhardt, RN, BSN

Please contact us at 419-251-4919 for further information about this study.
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