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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820546/initial-results-of-combined-mitraclip%C3%A3-%C3%A2-implantation-and-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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Xavier Freixa, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Fernando Carrasco-Chinchilla, Dabit Arzamendi, Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo, Luis Nombela-Franco, Ignacio Cruz-González, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Manel Sabaté
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is present in 30-50% of patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve repair. The presence of a formal contraindication to oral anticoagulation is also very common in these patients. In this context, percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be a valid alternative for these patients. The study aim was to assess the feasibility, safety, and technical considerations of the combination of percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip system and LAAO...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818408/serial-assessment-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-patients-undergoing-interventional-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage
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Blerim Luani, Thomas Rauwolf, Thomas Groscheck, Ivan Tanev, Joerg Herold, Berend Isermann, Alexander Schmeisser, Rüdiger C Braun-Dullaeus
BACKGROUND: Closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to prevent cardioembolic events is an alternative therapy to oral anticoagulation in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The LAA is an important source of natriuretic peptides and its exclusion from the circulation may alter the blood level of these hormones, thereby influencing their diagnostic value and clinical effects. METHODS: We aimed to prospectively assess potential changes in mid-regional pro A-type natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels six weeks and six months after interventional LAA closure using the Watchman device...
August 1, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818088/assessment-of-the-effect-of-left-atrial-cryoablation-enhanced-by-ganglionated-plexi-ablation-in-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-open-heart-surgery
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Jiří Bárta, Radim Brát
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to investigate, whether enhancement of left atrial cryoablation by ablation of the autonomic nervous system of left atrium leads to influencing the outcomes of surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with structural heart disease undergoing open-heart surgery. METHODS: The observed patient file consisted of 100 patients, who have undergone a combined open-heart surgery at our department between July 2012 and December 2014...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808846/age-related-changes-in-morphology-of-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Yukina Hirata, Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Rikuto Shimizu, Yuta Torii, Susumu Nishio, Yoshihito Saijo, Shoichiro Takao, Takeshi Soeki, Masataka Sata
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805031/-ice-or-not-to-ice-during-laao-what-are-the-benefits-and-disadvantages-of-ice-during-laao
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EDITORIAL
Wassim Shatila, Zvonimir Krajcer
For left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) could be a safe alternative to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). ICE obviates the need for general anesthesia and can be readily implemented in practice. Randomized controlled trials are needed to assess the noninferiority of ICE to TEE for LAAO.
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802808/novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-direct-current-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giuseppe Femia, Taufik Fetahovic, Pratap Shetty, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: For some patients with atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is one strategy that can be used to establish sinus rhythm but appropriate anticoagulation is mandatory to prevent thromboembolic events. Historically, patients were anticoagulated with warfarin with bridging with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, however, recently novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban have become more popular. Despite the increase in use, real world data on safety and efficacy is limited...
July 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799449/the-impact-of-the-latest-echocardiographic-chamber-quantification-recommendations-on-the-prediction-of-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-presence-by-transthoracic-echocardiography
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Karolina Kupczynska, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak, Blazej W Michalski, Dawid L Miskowiec, Piotr Lipiec
INTRODUCTION: The latest recommendations for echocardiographic chamber quantification have implemented updated normal values for all cardiac chambers. PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of normal and abnormal values of routine echocardiographic parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left atrial volume indexed to body surface area (LAVi) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine the influence of LVEF and LAVi reclassification on the prediction of LAAT by transthoracic echocardiography...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799239/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-2016-in-review
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Manuel de J Ramos Ramirez, Bonnie Young, Kishore Harjai, Vernon Mascarenhas, Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman
A significant body of data has emerged in the area of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO). In this article, we present an overview of the most notable publications along with a review of the most important publications on LAAO in 2016. We also present important historical data such as landmark clinical studies, review of most utilized occlusion devices, and important clinical studies that are underway.
August 10, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797952/left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-amplatzer%C3%A2-devices-a-large-multicenter-italian-registry
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Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Elvis Brscic, Matteo Montorfano, Luigi Vignali, Paolo Danna, Claudio Tondo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Amerigo Stabile, Salvatore Saccà, Giuseppe Patti, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Arnaldo Poli, Paolo Golino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Alberto De Caterina, Francesco Meucci, Bruno Pezzulich, Marco Rezzaghi, Miroslava Stolcova, Giuseppe Tarantini
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has been proven to be effective for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We aim to assess the safety and efficacy of LAAO by AMPLATZER™ devices in a large, multicenter, single-nation cohort of NVAF patients at high-risk of stroke and bleeding. METHODS: From December 2008 to April 2015 613 NVAF patients (75.1±8.0years, 62.5% male) underwent LAAO in 15 Italian centers by AMPLATZER™ devices...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795688/interventional-and-surgical-occlusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage
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REVIEW
Etem Caliskan, James L Cox, David R Holmes, Bernhard Meier, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Volkmar Falk, Sacha P Salzberg, Maximilian Y Emmert
With a steadily increasing prevalence, atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia worldwide and an independent risk factor for stroke caused by thromboembolic events. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the primary source of thromboemboli in patients with nonvalvular AF who have a stroke. Novel strategies (such as mechanical and nonpharmacological intervention) targeting the LAA in patients with AF for stroke prevention have become a major focus during the past decade. Some devices for percutaneous LAA occlusion are supported by robust clinical data obtained from randomized trials or large registries, and are a valid alternative to pharmacological stroke prevention...
August 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791992/-morphological-features-of-the-myocardium-of-the-atrial-appendages-in-patients-with-different-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation
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T V Sukhacheva, V A Vaskovsky, A Sh Revishvili, R A Serov
AIM: to analyze the morphological features of the myocardium of the atrial appendages in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to compare the findings with the clinical parameters of patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Light and electron microscopies were used to examine the myocardium of the atrial appendages in adult patients with paroxysmal (PAF), persistent (PrAF), or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPAF) and in comparison group patients with sinus rhythm without history of AF...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790169/disease-understanding-in-patients-newly-diagnosed-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Brystana G Kaufman, Sunghee Kim, Karen Pieper, Larry A Allen, Bernard J Gersh, Gerald V Naccarelli, Michael D Ezekowitz, Gregg C Fonarow, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Daniel E Singer, Paul S Chan, James V Freeman, Jack Ansell, Peter R Kowey, James A Rieffel, Jonathan Piccini, Eric Peterson, Emily C O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: To describe self-reported disease understanding for newly diagnosed patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and assess (1) how disease understanding changes over the first 6 months after diagnosis and (2) the relationship between patient understanding of therapies at baseline and treatment receipt at 6 months among treatment-naïve patients. METHODS: We analysed survey data from SATELLITE (Survey of Patient Knowledge and Personal Priorities for Treatment), a substudy of patients with new-onset AF enrolled in the national Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT) II registry across 56 US sites...
August 8, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780031/early-anterior-mitral-valve-leaflet-mechanical-erosion-following-left-atrial-appendage-occluder-implantation
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Alain Berrebi, Frederic A Sebag, Christelle Diakov, Nicolas Amabile
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 27, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768967/dabigatran-therapy-resulting-in-the-resolution-of-rivaroxaban-resistant-left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Tetsuya Watanabe, Yukinori Shinoda, Kuniyasu Ikeoka, Tomoko Minamisaka, Hidetada Fukuoka, Hirooki Inui, Shiro Hoshida
Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and a large left atrium are at a high risk for thromboembolisms. Recently, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have mainly been used for the prevention of cardiac embolisms caused by AF. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is performed in order to exclude any left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. We herein report two cases of persistent AF, both of which were treated with rivaroxaban for more than two years. Since TEE identified mobile LAA thrombi with this treatment, we switched from rivaroxaban to the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765086/spectrum-of-atrial-arrhythmias-using-the-ligament-of-marshall-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Aman Chugh, Hitinder S Gurm, Kavita Krishnasamy, Mohammed Saeed, Watchara Lohawijarn, Kyle Hornsby, Ryan Cunnane, Hamid Ghanbari, Rakesh Latchamsetty, Thomas Crawford, Krit Jongnarangsin, Frank Bogun, Hakan Oral, Fred Morady
BACKGROUND: The role of the ligament of Marshall (LOM) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has not been well defined. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the role of the LOM in patients with AF and related arrhythmias. METHODS: Fifty-six patients (mean age 63 ± 11 years; persistent AF in 48 [86%]; ejection fraction 0.49 ± 0.13; left atrial diameter 4.7 ± 0.6 cm) with LOM-mediated arrhythmias were included. RESULTS: A LOM-pulmonary vein (PV) connection was present in 18 patients (32%) and was eliminated with radiofrequency (RF) ablation at the left lateral ridge or crux (n = 12), at the mitral annulus (n = 3), or with alcohol/ethanol (EtOH) ablation of the vein of Marshall (VOM; n = 3)...
July 29, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761682/a-comparative-study-of-different-imaging-modalities-for-successful-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Danny Hf Chow, Gintautas Bieliauskas, Fadi J Sawaya, Oscar Millan-Iturbe, Klaus F Kofoed, Lars Søndergaard, Ole De Backer
OBJECTIVES: Accurate sizing of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is essential when performing percutaneous LAA closure. This study aimed to compare different LAA imaging modalities and sizing methods in order to obtain successful LAA closure. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous LAA closure is an increasingly used treatment strategy to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. LAA sizing has typically been done by 2D-transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE). METHODS: Patients who had a preprocedural TEE and preprocedural and postprocedural multislice CT (MSCT) were identified...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760469/delayed-electroanatomic-mapping-after-surgical-ablation-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Alan Bulava, Ales Mokracek, Vojtech Kurfirst
BACKGROUND: Long-term efficacy of catheter-based treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation is unsatisfactory. Minimally invasive surgical ablation techniques have been developed recently but their true efficacy has never been systematically tested. METHODS: Seventy patients (median age 63.5 years) with persistent atrial fibrillation underwent epicardial thoracoscopic radiofrequency pulmonary vein (PV) isolation, linear ablation, Marshal ligament disruption, and exclusion of the left atrial appendage...
July 29, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758758/-thoracoscopic-epicardial-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-using-the-cobra-fusion-system-as-the-first-part-of-hybrid-ablation
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P Budera, P Osmančík, D Talavera, R Fojt, A Kraupnerová, J Žďárská, T Vaněk, Z Straka
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation is not successfully managed by methods of catheter ablation or pharmacotherapy. Hybrid ablation (i.e. combination of minimally invasive surgical ablation, followed by electrophysiological assessment and subsequent endocardial catheter ablation to complete the entire intended procedure) presents an ever more used and very promising treatment method. METHOD: Patients underwent thoracoscopic ablation of pulmonary veins and posterior wall of the left atrium (the box-lesion) with use of the COBRA Fusion catheter; thoracoscopic occlusion of the left atrial appendage using the AtriClip system was also done in later patients...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754565/impact-of-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-from-the-national-inpatient-sample-database
#20
Ayman Elbadawi, Gbolahan O Ogunbayo, Islam Y Elgendy, Odunayo Olorunfemi, Marwan Saad, Le Dung Ha, Erfan Alotaki, Basarat Baig, A S Abuzaid, Hend I Shahin, Abrar Shah, Mohan Rao
Left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion is performed by some surgeons in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the available evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of this procedure remains mixed. We queried the Nationwide Inpatient Survey Database for the 10-year period from 2004 to 2013. Using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification diagnosis codes, we identified patients who had a diagnosis of AF and underwent a primary procedure of CABG with or without LAA exclusion...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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