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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293114/novel-stroke-risk-reduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-a-focus-on-the-watchman-closure-device
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REVIEW
Arash Alipour, Lisette I S Wintgens, Martin J Swaans, Jippe C Balt, Benno J W M Rensing, Lucas V A Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289527/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-a-better-alternative-to-anticoagulation
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REVIEW
Ibrahim Akin, Christoph A Nienaber
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is associated with a significantly increased risk of embolic stroke due to blood clot forming predominantly in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Preventive measures to avoid embolic events are permanent administration of anticoagulants or surgical closure of the LAA. Various clinical trials provide evidence about safety, effectiveness and therapeutic success of LAA occlusion using various cardiac occluder devices. The use of such implants for interventional closure of the LAA is likely to become a valuable alternative for stroke prevention, especially in patients with contraindication for oral anticoagulation as safety, clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness of LAA occlusion has recently been demonstrated...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281734/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-new-perspectives-for-the-method
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Iwona Gorczyca-Michta, Beata Wożakowska-Kapłon
Ischemic stroke is a common complication of atrial fibrillation. Currently, oral anticoagulant drugs are the most commonly used method of stroke prevention. Left atrial appendage occlusion is thought to be the main source of thrombi in patients with AF. Percutaneous left atrial appendage is a valuable therapeutic option for selected high-risk patients with AF and contraindications for oral anticoagulation therapy. While complete closure of the left atrial appendage is the goal of a device implantation the variable nature of the left atrial appendage anatomy makes this goal difficult to achieve...
March 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274702/computed-tomography-x-ray-fusion-in-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Manuel Barreiro-Pérez, Ignacio Cruz-González, Pedro L Sánchez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255107/a-new-strategy-for-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-cerebral-embolic-protection-in-patient-with-left-auricular-thrombosis-and-total-contraindication-to-long-term-anticoagulation
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Salvatore Saccà, Jayme Ferro, Tomoyuki Umemoto, Riccardo Turri, Carlo Penzo, Andrea Pacchioni
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, occurring in 1%-2% of the general population. An important aspect is the treatment of AF in terms of stroke prevention. In patients with absolute contraindication to long-term anticoagulation due to high bleeding risk, a valuable alternative exists in left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. Unfortunately, thrombus in the LAA is a contraindication to the procedure because of high risk of embolization. We describe a clinical case with permanent AF, absolute contraindication to long-term anticoagulation therapy, and persistent thrombus formation in the LAA that was treated with transcatheter LAA closure and supraaortic trunk protection system in order to avoid risk of periprocedural stroke...
March 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245948/percutaneous-closure-of-iatrogenic-femoral-arteriovenous-fistula-using-a-covered-coronary-stent
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Juan Carlos Rama-Merchan, Ignacio Cruz-González, Javier Martín-Moreiras, Alejandro Diego-Nieto, Javier Rodríguez-Collado, Pedro Luis Sánchez
We present the case of a patient with a high-output fistula between the right superficial femoral artery and femoral vein after left atrial appendage closure successfully treated with a PK-Papyrus covered coronary stent using a 6F guiding catheter. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time a PK-Papyrus coronary stent has been used in this setting.
March 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243428/non-pharmacologic-approach-to-prevent-embolization-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-whom-anticoagulation-is-contraindicated
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Munish Sharma, Koroush Khalighi
Ischemic stroke is the most common complication of atrial fibrillation (AF). Anticoagulation therapy reduces the risk of systemic embolization in almost all patients with AF irrespective of the type of AF (paroxysmal, persistent or permanent). But, all patients are not suitable candidates for systemic anticoagulation mainly due to the risk of bleeding. Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices have been found to be very effective non-pharmacologic alternative therapy for such patients. There are various types of LAAC devices but United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) have approved only Watchman device...
January 11, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225286/-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-means-of-the-atriclip-system
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Aleš Mokráček, Vojtěch Kurfirst, Alan Bulava, Jiří Haniš
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is related to a high risk of stroke. The main role in etiopathogenesis is played by the left atrial appendage (LAA). As many as 95 % of thrombi in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are located in the appendage. Prevention of stroke then consists in permanent anticoagulation which, however, has its limits and risks. An alternative method is the left atrial appendage occlusion. In our report, we would like to present a new possibility of the closure using the epicardial system AtriClip (AtriCure)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218603/frequency-and-clinical-course-of-cerebral-embolism-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Nicolas Majunke, Franziska Eplinius, Matthias Gutberlet, Sven Moebius-Winkler, Ingo Daehnert, Matthias Grothoff, Stephan Schürer, Norman Mangner, Philipp Lurz, Sandra Erbs, Katharina Kirsch, Gerhard Schuler, Marcus Sandri
AIMS: To assess silent and clinically apparent cerebral embolic events in patients undergoing transcatheter left atrial appendage closure. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective single-center study 28 patients underwent percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage. In all patients a diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI-MRI) study was performed before, the day after the procedure and during routine follow-up after 45 days. All patients underwent neurological assessment at the time of DWI-MRI...
February 21, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218217/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-system-for-stroke-prevention-in-chinese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-prospective-observational-study
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Wei-Ping Huang, Yong-Hua Zhang, Lei He, Xi Su, Xin-Wei Yang, Zai-Xiong Guo
BACKGROUND: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), embolic stroke is thought to be associated with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. The WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device has been shown to be noninferior to conventional oral anticoagulation with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF. This study aimed to evaluate the procedural feasibility, safety and 12-month outcomes of the WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device in NVAF patients with high risk for stroke in China...
February 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212133/potential-uselessness-and-futility-of-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-and-patent-foramen-ovale-closure-in-cardioembolic-stroke
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Gian L Nicolosi
International guidelines indicate that interventional closure of left atrial appendage and patent foramen ovale may be considered in selected patients for stroke prevention. These procedures appear, however, from the published literature, at high risk of uselessness and futility in the single case, if not even capable to induce harm and adverse events. In fact, all reported systematic reviews and meta-analyses have not shown in a convincing manner the superiority of these procedures in stroke prevention, taking into account the occurrence of possible complications also, as compared with alternative medical treatment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188931/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-improves-left-atrial-mechanical-function-through-frank-starling-mechanism
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Augustin Coisne, Rosario Pilato, François Brigadeau, Didier Klug, Christelle Marquie, Zouheir Souissi, Marjorie Richardson, Stéphanie Mouton, Anne-Sophie Polge, Patrizio Lancellotti, Dominique Lacroix, David Montaigne
BACKGROUND: Modifications in left atrial (LA) flow velocities after left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion have been shown in animal and ex vivo models. In a substudy of PROTECT AF (Percutaneous Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Versus Warfarin Therapy for Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation), an objective improvement in quality of life was observed after LAA closure. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of LAA closure on LA transport function...
February 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183749/rapid-and-affordable-3-dimensional-prototyping-for-left-atrial-appendage-closure-planning
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Houman Khalili, Ralph E Gentry, Melissa A Stevens, Steven L Almany, Subhash Banerjee, David E Haines, George S Hanzel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181272/left-atrial-appendage-closure-for-stroke-prevention-more-choice-is-always-a-good-thing
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EDITORIAL
Rong Bai
While oral anticoagulants (OACs) remains the main strategy of prevention of thromboembolic event in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) has become an alternative recently. The concept of this technique is based on the understanding that in more than 90% non-valvular AF patients, the thrombi form in the left atrial appendage (LAA), so excluding the LAA from the systemic circulation can prevent stroke or peripheral arterial embolization. To achieve this goal, novel trans-catheter techniques have been developed to either occlude the LAA endocardially or ligate the LAA epicardially...
February 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174408/-double-valve-replacement-and-tricuspid-annuloplasty-in-a-patient-with-situs-inversus-totalis-and-mirror-image-dextrocardia-report-of-a-case
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Hiroshi Kumano, Keisuke Shuntoh, Akimitsu Yamaguchi, Kazuhito Tatsu
Situs inversus totalis and mirror-image dextrocardia is a rare congenital anomaly. A 79-year-old man with a history of atrial fibrillation presented to our hospital with chest oppression. Chest X-ray and computed tomography showed mirror-image dextrocardia and situs inversus totalis. Echocardiography revealed severe mitral and aortic regurgitation and mild tricuspid regurgitation. Mitral and aortic valve replacement using bioprosthesises, tricuspid annuloplasty and closure of the left atrial appendage were successfully performed...
February 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149625/five-years-of-keeping-a-watch-on-the-left-atrial-appendage-how-has-the-watchman-fared
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COMMENT
Mohammad-Ali Jazayeri, Venkat Vuddanda, Valay Parikh, Madhav Lavu, Donita Atkins, Y Madhu Reddy, Jayant Nath, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy
Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is a promising site-directed therapy for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who are ineligible or contraindicated for long-term oral anticoagulation. A variety of LAAC modalities are available, including percutaneous endocardial occluder devices such as WATCHMAN(TM) (Boston Scientific Corp., Marlborough, MA, USA), and an ever-increasing body of evidence is helping to define the optimal use of each technique. Similarly increased experience with LAAC has revealed challenges such as device-related thrombi and peri-device leaks for which the long-term significance and appropriate management are areas of active investigation...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129320/totally-endoscopic-robotic-left-atrial-appendage-closure-demonstrates-high-success-rate
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Alison F Ward, Robert M Applebaum, Nana Toyoda, Ans Fakiha, Peter J Neuburger, Jennie Ngai, Robert G Nampiaparampil, David W Yaffee, Didier F Loulmet, Eugene A Grossi
OBJECTIVE: In patients with atrial fibrillation, 90% of embolic strokes originate from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Successful exclusion of the LAA is associated with a lower stroke rate in patients with atrial fibrillation. Surgical oversewing of the LAA is often incomplete when evaluated with transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). External closure techniques of suturing and stapling have also demonstrated high failure rates with persistent flow and large stumps. We hypothesized that the precise visualization of a robotic LAA closure (RLAAC) would result in superior closure rates...
January 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128883/early-canadian-multi-center-experience-with-watchman-for-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Jacqueline Saw, Peter Fahmy, Lorenzo Azzalini, Jean-Francois Marquis, Benjamin Hibbert, Carlos Morillo, Aldo Carrizo, Reda Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: There is limited data with WATCHMAN for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and contraindications to anticoagulation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of WATCHMAN in our early Canadian experience. METHODS: We report our pooled consecutive series of patients who underwent WATCHMAN implantation at 4 major Canadian centers. Indications for LAA closure were CHADS2 ≥ 1 or CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥ 2, and contraindication/intolerance to or failure on anticoagulation...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121919/roles-of-real-time-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-peri-operation-of-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Qing Zhou, Hongning Song, Lan Zhang, Qing Deng, Jinling Chen, Bo Hu, Yijia Wang, Ruiqiang Guo
Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is a new treatment option for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Conventional 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (2D TEE) has some limitations in the imaging assessment of LAA closure. Real-time 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D TEE) allows for detailed morphologic assessment of the LAA. In this study, we aim to determine the clinical values of RT-3D TEE in the periprocedure of LAA closure.Thirty-eight persistent or paroxysmal AF patients with indications for LAA closure were enrolled in this study...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089095/characteristics-of-anatomy-and-function-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-and-their-relationships-in-patients-with-cardioembolic-stroke-a-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Yuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Morino, Akiko Kumagai, Maiko Hozawa, Motoyuki Nakamura, Yasuo Terayama, Atsushi Tashiro
BACKGROUND: Increasing attention is being paid to the left atrial appendage (LAA) in the context of risk stratification in cardioembolic stroke (CES) and the requirement for meticulous planning of percutaneous closure device implantation. However, detailed systematic assessment of the LAA remains limited. METHODS: This study evaluated the anatomy and function of LAA using 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) on 194 consecutive patients older than 50 years old hospitalized exclusively for CES...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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