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REVIEW
Pawel Matusik, Jacek Lelakowski, Barbara Malecka, Jacek Bednarek, Remigiusz Noworolski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is leading cardiac arrhythmia with important clinical implications. Its diagnosis is usually made on the basis on 12-lead ECG or 24-hour Holter monitoring. More and more clinical evidence supports diagnostic use of cardiac event recorders and cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED). Treatment options in patients with atrial fibrillation are extensive and are based on chosen rhythm and/or rate control strategy. The use and selected contraindications to AF related pharmacotherapy, including anticoagulants are shown...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459917/minimally-invasive-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-a-non-pharmacologic-approach-to-prevention-of-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#2
Brian D McCauley, Antony F Chu
Atrial Fibrillation's (AF) role in the pathogenesis of thromboembolic stroke has been well established, with estimates from trials of approximately 15-20% of all strokes in the U.S. Research shows more than 90% of atrial thrombi originate from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Traditionally, oral anticoagulants (OACs) have been the keystone of management for AF in reducing the risk of thromboembolic stroke. However, OACs also pose a non-negligible risk of bleeding with between 30-50% of eligible patients not receiving OACs due to absolute contraindications or perceived increased bleeding risk...
May 1, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439617/-stroke-prophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation-when-how-and-for-whom
#3
T Maurer, C Sohns
In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), modern antithrombotic therapy and anticoagulation strategies should be individualized based on shared decision making including patient preferences and the absolute and relative risks of stroke and bleeding. Estimation of the individual risk for stroke is still based on the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Based on the most recent guidelines for the management of AF, oral anticoagulation therapy should be considered for men with a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 and women with a score ≥2, balancing the expected stroke reduction, risk of bleeding and patient preference...
April 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433223/risk-of-intraatrial-thrombi-after-thoracoscopic-ablation-in-absence-of-heparin-and-appendage-closure
#4
Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, David Talavera, Robert Petr, Zbynek Straka
BACKGROUND: Catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be associated with a risk of thromboembolic events. The goal of this study was to assess optimal anticoagulation management during thoracoscopic ablation of AF. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF underwent hybrid ablation consisting of thoracoscopic ablation followed by electrophysiologic (EP) evaluation and consecutive ablation if indicated. The thoracoscopic ablation was performed using three different anticoagulation protocols: (1) without periprocedural heparin and without occlusion of the left atrial appendage; (2) with periprocedural heparin but without left atrial appendage occlusion; and (3) with periprocedural heparin and left atrial appendage occlusion...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432672/para-atrial-non-acute-mediastinal-hematoma-after-left-atrial-maze-procedure-mimicking-tumor-in-a-patient-with-treated-melanoma
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G Schaiberger, D Pucar, V Patel, B Bateson, H Williams, W Bates
INTRODUCTION: The Cox Maze III procedure is considered the gold standard open surgical procedure for management of atrial fibrillation. This article outlines a unique case of a para-atrial mediastinal hematoma following a bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial Maze procedure mimicking malignancy. REPORT: A 60-year-old male, with past history of melanoma, underwent bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial mini maze procedure with radiofrequency energy and exclusion of the left atrial appendage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401455/what-is-the-appropriate-lesion-set-for-ablation-in-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#6
REVIEW
Jorge Romero, Carola Gianni, Andrea Natale, Luigi Di Biase
Special attention must be paid to detect, diagnose, and optimize management of reversible or treatable causes of long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) such as obesity, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), hypertension, hypo or hyperthyroidism, inflammatory and infectious diseases, and stress. Though, we strongly believe that the role of the pulmonary veins (PVs) is more pronounced in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) than in persistent AF, performing an adequate pulmonary vein isolation is still key in LSPAF...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390428/rivaroxaban-as-an-effective-alternative-to-warfarin-in-a-patient-with-atrial-fibrillation-thrombophilia-and-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-a-case-report
#7
Michele Scarano, Matteo Casale, Cesare Mantini, Egidio Imbalzano, Cristiana Consorti, Daniela Clemente, Giuseppe Dattilo
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It is responsible for up to 20% of all ischemic strokes. Rate control and anticoagulation are crucial for atrial fibrillation management and stroke prevention. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of an 84-year-old Italian woman with a left atrial appendage thrombus that developed despite her use of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin for a previous pulmonary embolism. She had atrial fibrillation and heterozygosity for both factor V Leiden and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T mutation, thus creating resistance to activated protein C...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381122/argon-exposure-induces-postconditioning-in-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion
#8
Sandrine Lemoine, Katrien Blanchart, Mathieu Souplis, Adrien Lemaitre, Damien Legallois, Laurent Coulbault, Christophe Simard, Stéphane Allouche, Jacques H Abraini, Jean-Luc Hanouz, René Rouet, Laurent Sallé, Romain Guinamard, Alain Manrique
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) damages remains a major concern during prehospital management of acute myocardial infarction. Noble gases have shown beneficial effects in preconditioning studies. Because emergency proceedings in the context of myocardial infarction require postconditioning strategies, we evaluated the effects of argon in such protocols on mammalian cardiac tissue. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES: In rat, cardiac I/R was induced in vivo by transient coronary artery ligature and cardiac functions were evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302138/congenital-giant-left-atrial-appendage-aneurysm-a-case-report
#9
Yan Chen, Yun Mou, Li-Jun Jiang, Shen-Jiang Hu
BACKGROUND: Congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm (LAAA) is a rare cardiac anomaly with potentially serious complications, including life-threatening systemic thromboembolism, atrial tachyarrhythmia, and cardiac dysfunction. Currently, early surgical intervention is generally recommended to prevent these complications. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of congenital giant LAAA in a female patient who successfully completed pregnancy and underwent caesarean section with no obvious complications...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149625/five-years-of-keeping-a-watch-on-the-left-atrial-appendage-how-has-the-watchman-fared
#10
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/28145040/device-associated-thrombus-formation-after-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-a-systematic-review-of-events-reported-with-the-watchman-the-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-and-the-amulet
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Mathieu Lempereur, Adel Aminian, Xavier Freixa, Sameer Gafoor, Joelle Kefer, Apostolos Tzikas, Victor Legrand, Jacqueline Saw
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to provide a systematic review of device-associated thrombosis (DAT) after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman, Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, and Amulet devices. BACKGROUND: DAT is known as a complication of LAAO but data about its clinical impact is scarce. METHODS: A systematic review of studies evaluating the incidence, treatment and clinical implications of DAT from January 2008 to September 2015 was conducted...
February 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115807/functional-remodeling-of-both-atria-is-associated-with-occurrence-of-stroke-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Hsuan-Ming Tsao, Wei-Chih Hu, Ping-Huang Tsai, Chao-Lin Lee, Hsueh-Han Wang, Shih-Lin Chang, Tze-Fan Chao, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: It is critical to recognize high risk patients who are prone to develop stroke in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to identify the determinants of AF related stroke by assessing the anatomical and functional remodeling of cardiac chambers. METHODS: We compared the cardiac structure and function of 28 consecutive patients with paroxysmal and persistent AF-related stroke with 69 patients with AF and 21 controls without stroke using contrast-enhanced 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography during sinus rhythm...
January 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062018/atrial-fibrillation-in-a-structurally-normal-heart-during-pregnancy-a-review-of-cases-from-a-registry-and-from-the-literature
#13
Nadine Sauvé, Évelyne Rey, Annabelle Cumyn
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) in a structurally normal heart is rare during pregnancy. We wished to use our experience to expand the literature on the causes and management of this condition. METHODS: All members of Groupe d'Étude en Médecine Obstétricale du Québec (GÉMOQ) were invited to record cases of AF in a structurally normal heart during pregnancy to the group's Registry. We searched Medline, PubMed, and Google Scholar (1946 to 15 April 2016) for relevant articles using the key words "atrial fibrillation" and "pregnancy...
January 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007240/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-2017-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#14
REVIEW
Vinay Badhwar, J Scott Rankin, Ralph J Damiano, A Marc Gillinov, Faisal G Bakaeen, James R Edgerton, Jonathan M Philpott, Patrick M McCarthy, Steven F Bolling, Harold G Roberts, Vinod H Thourani, Rakesh M Suri, Richard J Shemin, Scott Firestone, Niv Ad
Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) can be performed without additional risk of operative mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant mitral operations to restore sinus rhythm. (Class I, Level A) Surgical ablation for AF can be performed without additional operative risk of mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant isolated aortic valve replacement, isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and aortic valve replacement plus coronary artery bypass graft operations to restore sinus rhythm...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910092/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-adults
#15
Yaanik Desai, Mikhael F El-Chami, Angel R Leon, Faisal M Merchant
Driven in large part by the aging of the population and the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), there is a burgeoning epidemic of AF in elderly adults. Although there is a large body of literature to guide management of people with AF, elderly adults with AF are frequently underrepresented in clinical trials. This review provides a contemporary update on management of elderly adults with AF with a particular focus on the two main clinical challenges that AF poses: stroke risk reduction and control of symptoms...
January 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909512/concomitant-left-atrial-appendage-clipping-during-minimally-invasive-mitral-valve-surgery-technically-feasible-and-safe
#16
Ashraf Alqaqa, Shabiah Martin, Aiman Hamdan, Fayez Shamoon, Kourosh T Asgarian
BACKGROUND: It is believed that most of thrombi form in the left atrial appendage (LAA)before they emboli. Different surgical and percutaneouse approaches were suggested to manage the LAA. In this study we are evaluating the safety of clipping the LAA via minithoractotomy approach. METHOD: All consecutive patients who had minimally invasive mitral valve surgery with concomitant LAA clipping between December 2012 and February 2014 were included in the study. LAA exclusion was performed using AtriClip® LAA Exclusion System (Cincinnati, Ohio, AtriCure®)...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898435/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-current-state-of-the-art
#17
Mohammad-Ali Jazayeri, Venkat Vuddanda, Valay Parikh, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The authors reviewed the seminal and more recent literature surrounding the major modalities for percutaneous left atrial appendage closure used in contemporary practice, with particular emphasis on safety and efficacy, technical challenges, and future developments. RECENT FINDINGS: Along with the continued practice of surgical left atrial appendage closure, which has evolved substantially with the advent of clipping techniques, a number of percutaneous methods have been developed to close the left atrial appendage with endocardial, epicardial, and hybrid approaches...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875660/successful-use-of-targeted-temperature-management-after-repair-of-myocardial-rupture-from-blunt-chest-trauma-a-case-report
#18
Wook-Jin Choi, Yun Seok Kim, Jung Seok Hong, Jeong Won Kim
Targeted temperature management (TTM) improves survival and neurological outcome after nontraumatic cardiac arrest. However, TTM is not used widely after traumatic cardiac arrest because of concerns that it might exacerbate bleeding. We report the use of postarrest TTM after repair of blunt myocardial rupture. A 48-year-old man was admitted after being rescued from a major traffic accident by the local emergency service. Focused sonography showed pericardial fluid without cardiac tamponade. Computed tomography showed a large hematoma in the anterior mediastinum associated with hemopericardium...
March 2017: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853971/evaluation-of-left-atrial-appendage-function-and-thrombi-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-transthoracic-to-real-time-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography
#19
Ilaria Dentamaro, Domenico Vestito, Ennio Michelotto, Delia De Santis, Vittoria Ostuni, Christian Cadeddu, Paolo Colonna
The detection of embolic sources in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is important to guide anticoagulant therapy. Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard to study left atrial appendage (LAA) anatomy and morphology, despite some false-positive diagnosis. We hypothesized that real time 3D TEE (RT3DTEE) is superior to 2DTEE in detecting and/or excluding LAA thrombi. We studied 93 patients with non-valvular AF (60 males, age = 67.1 ± 14.2 years) referred for electric cardioversion with transthoracic, 2DTEE and RT3DTEE...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649848/intracardiac-versus-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-watchman
#20
Antonio H Frangieh, Jasmina Alibegovic, Christian Templin, Oliver Gaemperli, Slayman Obeid, Robert Manka, Erik W Holy, Willibald Maier, Thomas F Lüscher, Ronald K Binder
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is mostly performed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) may be an alternative imaging modality for LAAO that precludes the need for general anesthesia or sedation. METHODS AND RESULTS: All consecutive single center, single operator LAAO candidates were analyzed. Baseline clinical and procedural characteristics and in-hospital outcomes were compared between patients in whom a Watchman was implanted with ICE vs...
September 21, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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