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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233088/left-atrial-enlargement-and-clinical-considerations-in-patients-with-or-without-a-residual-interatrial-shunt-after-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-with-the-watchman%C3%A2-device
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Blerim Luani, Thomas Groscheck, Conrad Genz, Ivan Tanev, Thomas Rauwolf, Joerg Herold, Senad Medunjanin, Alexander Schmeisser, Rüdiger C Braun-Dullaeus
BACKGROUND: Interventional closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, high thromboembolic and bleeding risk or bleeding history is an alternative therapeutic strategy to oral anticoagulation. It is not known if the exclusion of the LAA from the blood circulation affects the left atrial volume (LAV) and consequently its prognostic value or the circulatory performance of the heart in humans. METHODS: We aimed to prospectively assess potential changes in baseline LAV, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), NT-proBNP-level and the covered distance in the 6-min walk-test 6 weeks and 6 months after LAA closure with the WATCHMAN™ device...
December 12, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223726/computed-tomography-measurement-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-for-optimal-sizing-of-the-watchman-device
#2
Bo Xu, Jorge Betancor, Kimi Sato, Serge Harb, Karim Abdur Rehman, Kunal Patel, Arnav Kumar, Paul C Cremer, Wael Jaber, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Paul Schoenhagen, Oussama Wazni
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion is an emerging treatment option for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who cannot tolerate oral anticoagulation. The Watchman device (Boston Scientific Corporation, Natick, MA, USA) is deployed at the ostium of the LAA, and an appropriately sized device is critical for successful occlusion. However, standardized imaging protocols for device sizing have not been established. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the clinical utility of a standardized imaging protocol, with pre-procedural multi-detector cardiac computed tomography (MDCT), and intra-procedural transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), for Watchman device sizing...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222738/ct-based-3d-printing-is-superior-to-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-pre-procedure-planning-in-left-atrial-appendage-device-closure
#3
Edinrin Obasare, Sumeet K Mainigi, D Lynn Morris, Leandro Slipczuk, Igor Goykhman, Evan Friend, Mary Rodriguez Ziccardi, Gregg S Pressman
Accurate assessment of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is important for pre-procedure planning when utilizing device closure for stroke reduction. Sizing is traditionally done with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) but this is not always precise. Three-dimensional (3D) printing of the LAA may be more accurate. 24 patients underwent Watchman device (WD) implantation (71 ± 11 years, 42% female). All had complete 2-dimensional TEE. Fourteen also had cardiac computed tomography (CCT) with 3D printing to produce a latex model of the LAA for pre-procedure planning...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194654/safety-and-efficacy-analysis-of-one-stop-intervention-for-treating-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Hongde Hu, Kaijun Cui, Jian Jiang, Hua Fu, Rui Zeng
BACKGROUND: Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia. The treatment strategy for AF mainly includes controlling symptoms and decreasing the rate of complications. Our study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of combination treatment of catheter ablation and left atrial appendage (LAA) closure (one-stop intervention) in patients with nonvalvular AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-four patients with symptomatic AF (mean CHA2 DS2 -VASc score 4...
November 30, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184753/tissue-augmentation-with-allograft-adipose-matrix-for-the-diabetic-foot-in-remission
#5
Tala B Shahin, Kairavi V Vaishnav, Marcy Watchman, Vignesh Subbian, Ethan Larson, Evangelia Chnari, David G Armstrong
Background: Repetitive stress on the neuropathic plantar foot is the primary cause of diabetic foot ulcers. After healing, recurrence is common. Modulating plantar pressure has been associated with extension of ulcer free days. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine the effects of an injectable allograft adipose matrix in providing a protective padding and reducing the pressure in the plantar foot. Methods: After healing his recurrent ulcer using total contact casting, a 71-year-old man with a 9-year history of recurrent diabetic foot ulcers was treated with injection of allograft adipose matrix, procured from donated human tissue...
October 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181735/-oral-anticoagulation-and-platelet-inhibition-after-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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REVIEW
Martin W Bergmann, Carsten W Israel
In Europe left atrial appendage occluders (LAAO) are most frequently used in patients with contraindications for oral anticoagulation (OAC); therefore, the classical therapeutic OAC scheme from the PROTECT-AF trial (vitamin K antagonist plus acetylsalicylic acid) is usually changed to dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) after implantation of a Watchman® or Amulet® LAAO (St. Jude Medical/Abbott, Eschborn, Germany). For many years, patients with an LAAO received DAPT for 1-6 months. The current standard comprises DAPT for 3 months, followed by permanent acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy if the transesophageal echocardiogram excludes a thrombus at the site of the LAAO...
December 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158017/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-exclusion-procedural-image-guidance-with-transesophageal-echocardiography
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REVIEW
Alan F Vainrib, Serge C Harb, Wael Jaber, Ricardo J Benenstein, Anthony Aizer, Larry A Chinitz, Muhamed Saric
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke. In this article, the authors describe the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. Although recent advances have been made in the field of systemic anticoagulation with the novel oral anticoagulants, these medications come with a significant risk for bleeding and are contraindicated in many patients...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130638/thromboembolism-after-watchman-tm-in-a-clopidogrel-non-responder-a-case-for-concern
#8
Ganesh Venkataraman, Kevin P Bliden, Udaya S Tantry, Paul A Gurbel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke and thromboembolism (TE). The WATCHMAN(TM) left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device is indicated to reduce the risk of TE from the LAA in patients with non-valvular AF. Here, we present a case of a patient with device-related thrombus who suffered a TE event two months after WATCHMAN(TM) LAA closure and two weeks after switching from aspirin plus warfarin to aspirin plus clopidogrel therapy. Laboratory investigation identified the patient to be hypercoagulable and to be a non-responder to clopidogrel therapy...
November 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106536/the-intersection-of-intellectual-disability-and-dementia-report-of-the-international-summit-on-intellectual-disability-and-dementia
#9
Karen Watchman, Matthew P Janicki
An International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia, held in Glasgow, Scotland (October 13-14, 2016), drew individuals and representatives of numerous international and national organizations and universities with a stake in issues affecting adults with intellectual disability (ID) affected by dementia. A discussion-based consensus process was used to examine and produce a series of topical reports examining three main conceptual areas: (a) human rights and personal resources (applications of the Convention for Rights of People with Disabilities and human rights to societal inclusion, and perspectives of persons with ID), (b) individualized services and clinical supports (advancing and advanced dementia, post-diagnostic supports, community supports and services, dementia-capable care practice, and end-of-life care practices), and (c) advocacy, public impact, family caregiver issues (nomenclature/terminology, inclusion of persons with ID in national plans, and family caregiver issues)...
November 2, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106523/combining-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-closure-and-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-multicentre-registry-results-of-feasibility-and-safety-during-implant-and-30-days-follow-up
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Karen P Phillips, Evgeny Pokushalov, Aleksandr Romanov, Sergey Artemenko, Richard J Folkeringa, Tamas Szili-Torok, Gaetano Senatore, Kenneth M Stein, Omar Razali, Nicole Gordon, Lucas V A Boersma
Aims: Long-term results from catheter ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation (AF) remain uncertain and clinical practice guidelines recommend continuation of long-term oral anticoagulation in patients with a high stroke risk. Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with Watchman has emerged as an alternative to long-term anticoagulation for patients accepting of the procedural risks. We report on the initial results of combining catheter ablation procedures for AF and LAAC in a multicentre registry...
July 3, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104013/long-term-results-with-left-atrial-appendage-closure-watching-the-watchman
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EDITORIAL
Jacqueline Saw
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 25, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103847/5-year-outcomes-after-left%C3%A2-atrial%C3%A2-appendage-closure-from-the-prevail-and-protect-af-trials
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Vivek Y Reddy, Shephal K Doshi, Saibal Kar, Douglas N Gibson, Matthew J Price, Kenneth Huber, Rodney P Horton, Maurice Buchbinder, Petr Neuzil, Nicole T Gordon, David R Holmes
BACKGROUND: The PROTECT AF (WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage System for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) trial demonstrated that left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device (Boston Scientific, St. Paul, Minnesota) was equivalent to warfarin for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation, but had a high rate of complications. In a second randomized trial, PREVAIL (Evaluation of the WATCHMAN LAA Closure Device in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Versus Long Term Warfarin Therapy), the complication rate was low...
November 4, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080014/-available-transvenous-occluder-designs-and-implantation-techniques
#13
REVIEW
P Sick, T Lewalter
In this article, most of the present or available in the near future left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion devices are discussed in terms of structure of the devices and principle technique for implantation. Thus, the Watchman™ device from Boston, the Amulet™ device from Abbot, the Lambre™ device from Lifetech, the Occlutech® device from Occlutech®, and the WaveCrest® device from Biosense Webster (former Coherex) are discussed. The systems differ in terms of the concept of occlusion. Several devices consist of only one part (Watchman™ and Occlutech®) that is implanted in the body, ending up in the orifice of the LAA...
October 27, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069203/first-results-of-the-brazilian-registry-of-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#14
Ênio Eduardo Guérios, Francisco Chamié, Márcio Montenegro, Eduardo Benchimol Saad, Fabio Sandoli de Brito, Paulo Avancini Caramori, Luiz Carlos Simões, Flávio Roberto Azevedo de Oliveira, Luiz Carlos Giuliano, Cláudio Munhoz da Fontoura Tavares
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective alternative to oral anticoagulation (OA) for the prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). OBJECTIVE: To present the immediate results and late outcomes of patients submitted to LAAC and included in the Brazilian Registry of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure. METHODS: 91 patients with NVAF, high stroke risk (CHA2DS2VASc score = 4...
October 19, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988455/safety-profiles-of-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-devices-an-analysis-of-the-food-and-drug-administration-manufacturer-and-user-facility-device-experience-maude-database-from-2009-2016
#15
Mohammad-Ali Jazayeri, Venkat Vuddanda, Mohit K Turagam, Valay Parikh, Madhav Lavu, Donita Atkins, Matthew Earnest, Luigi Di Biase, Andrea Natale, David Wilber, Yeruva Madhu Reddy, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is a viable option for AF patients who are unable to tolerate long term oral anticoagulation (OAC). OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the safety of two commonly used percutaneous devices for LAA closure in the United States by analysis of surveillance data from the FDA Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database. METHODS: The MAUDE database was queried between May 1, 2006 and May 1, 2016 for LARIAT® (SentreHEART Inc...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972868/consensus-statement-of-the-international-summit-on-intellectual-disability-and-dementia-related-to-nomenclature
#16
Matthew P Janicki, Philip McCallion, Michael Splaine, Flavvia H Santos, Seth M Keller, Karen Watchman
A working group of the 2016 International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia was charged to examine the terminology used to define and report on dementia in publications related to intellectual disability (ID). A review of related publications showed mixed uses of terms associated with dementia or causative diseases. As with dementia research in the non-ID population, language related to dementia in the ID field often lacks precision and could lead to a misunderstanding of the condition(s) under discussion, an increasingly crucial issue given the increased global attention dementia is receiving in that field...
October 2017: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966159/transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-belgian-registry
#17
Joelle Kefer, Adel Aminian, Paul Vermeersch, Tom De Potter, Francis Stammen, Edouard Benit, Werner Budts, Luc Missault, Benny Drieghe, Ian Buysschaert, Kristoff Cornelis, Jean-Manuel Herzet, Antoine Guedes, Nadia Debbas, Maximo Rivero, Mathieu Lempereur, Stijn Lochy, Ruben Casado-Arroyo, Christophe Laruelle, Philippe Debruyne, Thierry Ledent
AIMS: This study aimed at assessing the safety and efficacy at mid-term follow-up of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) using different devices, in real life in Belgium. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between June 2009 and November 2016, 457 consecutive patients (63% males, 75±12 yrs, CHA2DS2-VASc 4±0.6, HASBLED 3.5±0.7) undergoing LAAO were included. Technical success was 97.1%. There were 19 periprocedural major adverse events (4.1%) including three deaths (0.6%), nine tamponades (1...
October 3, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928914/reducing-radiation-exposure-in-an-electrophysiology-lab-with-introduction-of-newer-fluoroscopic-technology
#18
Munish Sharma, Koroush Khalighi
The use of fluoroscopic devices exposes patients and operators to harmful effects of ionizing radiation in an electrophysiology (EP) lab. We sought to know if the newer fluoroscopic technology (Allura Clarity) installed in a hybrid EP helps to reduce prescribed radiation dose. We performed radiation dose analysis of 90 patients who underwent various procedures in the EP lab at a community teaching hospital after the introduction of newer fluoroscopic technology in June of 2016. Watchman device insertion, radiofrequency ablation procedures, permanent pacemaker (PPM)/implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement and battery changes were included in the study to compare radiation exposure during different procedures performed commonly in an EP lab...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898453/echocardiographic-guidance-and-monitoring-of-left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-atriclip-during-open-chest-cardiac-surgery
#19
Rachele Contri, Sara Clivio, Tiziano Torre, Tiziano Cassina
Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure prevents thromboembolic risk and avoids lifelong anticoagulation due to atrial fibrillation (AF). Nowadays, AtriClip, a modern epicardial device approved in June 2010, allows external and safe closure of LAA in patients undergoing cardiac surgery during other open-chest cardiac surgical procedures. Such a surgical approach and its epicardial deployment differentiates LAA closure with AtriClip from percutaneous closure techniques such as Watchman (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA), Lariat (SentreHEART Inc...
October 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880125/consensus-statement-of-the-international-summit-on-intellectual-disability-and-dementia-related-to-post-diagnostic-support
#20
Karen Dodd, Karen Watchman, Matthew P Janicki, Antonia Coppus, Claudia Gaertner, Juan Fortea, Flavia H Santos, Seth M Keller, Andre Strydom
OBJECTIVES: Post diagnostic support (PDS) has varied definitions within mainstream dementia services and different health and social care organizations, encompassing a range of supports that are offered to adults once diagnosed with dementia until death. METHOD: An international summit on intellectual disability and dementia held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 identified how PDS applies to adults with an intellectual disability and dementia. The Summit proposed a model that encompassed seven focal areas: post-diagnostic counseling; psychological and medical surveillance; periodic reviews and adjustments to the dementia care plan; early identification of behaviour and psychological symptoms; reviews of care practices and supports for advanced dementia and end of life; supports to carers/ support staff; and evaluation of quality of life...
September 7, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
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