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Left atrial appendage occlusion

Felix Meincke, Tobias Spangenberg, Felix Kreidel, Christian Frerker, Renu Virmani, Elena Ladich, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Alexander Ghanem
AIMS: Aims of this case-series were to assess the feasibility of cerebral protection devices in interventional left atrial appendage occlusion (iLAAO) procedures and to yield insight into the pathomorphological correlate of early, procedural cerebral embolization during iLAAO. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five consecutive patients underwent iLLO flanked by the Sentinel CPS® (Claret Medical, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA) cerebral protection system. Placement and recapture of the Sentinel(®) device as well as the iLAAO were successful and safe in all cases...
October 20, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Steffen Gloekler, Adel Aminian, Paolo Danna, Marco Rezzaghi, Friederike Stock, Miroslava Stolcova, Luis Paiva, Marco Costa, Xavier Millán, Reda Ibrahim, Tobias Tichelbäcker, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Horst Sievert, Bernhard Meier, Apostolos Tzikas
Cardioembolic strokes are generally more lethal and disabling than other source of strokes. Data from PROTECT AF (Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) suggest that strokes after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman device are less disabling than those in the warfarin group. No data assessing the severity of strokes after LAAO with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) are available. The objective of the study was to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP in a population mostly characterized by an absolute or relative contraindication to oral anticoagulation...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Andrea Radinovic, Patrizio Mazzone, Giovanni Landoni, Eustachio Agricola, Damiano Regazzoli, Paolo Della Bella
BACKGROUND: Left atrial catheterization through transseptal puncture is frequently performed in cardiac catheterization procedures. Appropriate transseptal puncture is critical to achieve procedural success. AIMS: The aim of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of selective transseptal punctures, using a modified radiofrequency (RF) transseptal needle and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), in different types of procedures that require specific sites of left atrial catheterization...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Timothy R Betts, Milena Leo, Sandeep Panikker, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Michael Koa-Wing, David Wyn Davies, David Hildick-Smith, Dylan G Wynne, Oliver Ormerod, Oliver R Segal, Anthony W Chow, Derick Todd, Sandra Cabrera Gomez, Graeme J Kirkwood, David Fox, Chris Pepper, John Foran, Tom Wong
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at assessing the feasibility and long-term efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) in a "real world" setting. BACKGROUND: Although LAAO has recently emerged as an alternative to oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation for the prevention of thromboembolic stroke, "real world" data about the procedure with different devices are lacking. METHODS: Eight centers in the United Kingdom contributed to a retrospective registry for LAAO procedures undertaken between July 2009 and November 2014...
September 21, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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
M Laible, M Möhlenbruch, S Horstmann, J Pfaff, N A Geis, S Pleger, S Schüler, T Rizos, M Bendszus, R Veltkamp
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To determine the rate of peri-interventional silent brain infarcts after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO). METHODS: In this prospective, uncontrolled single-center pilot study, consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing LAAO between July 2013 and January 2016 were included. The Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, WATCHMAN or Amulet device was used. A neurological examination and cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed within 48 h before and after the procedure...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
A Schmermund, J Eckert, S N Schelle, H Eggebrecht
For the treatment of structural heart disease, current options in the catheterization laboratory include MitraClip® implantation for treating severe mitral regurgitation, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) and occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA). These treatment options are based on a precise diagnosis provided by modern cardiac imaging, which is indispensable for treatment recommendations. Its importance for supporting the invasive procedures in the catheterization laboratory is less well known...
September 19, 2016: Herz
Hongning Song, Qing Zhou, Qing Deng, Jinling Chen, Lan Zhang, Tuantuan Tan, Ruiqiang Guo
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology is crucial in determining an LAA occlusion strategy. The aim of this study was to develop a novel echocardiographic volume-rendered imaging technique to visualize LAA morphology. METHODS: This was a retrospective study. Forty patients with atrial fibrillation who underwent three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) before catheter ablation were enrolled...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Radoslaw Pracon, Roman Grygoruk, Zofia Dzielinska, Cezary Kepka, Agnieszka Dąbrowska, Marek Konka, Przemysław Jazwiec, Krzysztof Reczuch, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
Jonathan P Piccini, Horst Sievert, Manesh R Patel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a worldwide epidemic associated with significant morbidity and mortality, often due to disabling or fatal thromboembolic stroke. Oral anticoagulation is highly effective at preventing ischaemic stroke and improving all-cause survival in patients with non-valvular AF. Despite the efficacy of oral anticoagulation, many patients are not treated due to either absolute or perceived contraindications to therapy, including bleeding. Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure has emerged as a mechanical alternative to pharmacologic stroke prevention...
September 13, 2016: European Heart Journal
Michał Mazurek, Gregory Y H Lip
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Mathias Lange, Helmut Bültel, Heinrich Weglage, Patrick Löffeld, Thomas Wichter
A 73-year-old patient with permanent atrial fibrillation presented for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. Transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a thrombus in the distal LAA. This image series illustrates a "no touch" technique that was used to ensure successful implantation of an Amplatzer Amulet LAA occlusion device without the use of an embolization protection system.
September 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Vivian Wing-Yan Lee, Ronald Bing-Ching Tsai, Ines Hang-Iao Chow, Bryan Ping-Yen Yan, Mehmet Gungor Kaya, Jai-Wun Park, Yat-Yin Lam
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a promising therapy for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) but its cost-effectiveness remains understudied. This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of LAAO for stroke prophylaxis in NVAF. METHODS: A Markov decision analytic model was used to compare the cost-effectiveness of LAAO with 7 pharmacological strategies: aspirin alone, clopidogrel plus aspirin, warfarin, dabigatran 110 mg, dabigatran 150 mg, apixaban, and rivaroxaban...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Gavino Casu, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Giulio Molon, Patrizio Mazzone, Andrea Audo, Giancarlo Casolo, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Michele Portoghese, Christian Pristipino, Renato Pietro Ricci, Sakis Themistoclakis, Luigi Padeletti, Claudio Tondo, Sergio Berti, Jacopo Andrea Oreglia, Gino Gerosa, Marco Zanobini, Gian Paolo Ussia, Giuseppe Musumeci, Francesco Romeo, Roberto Di Bartolomeo
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at 5-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban)...
July 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Filippo Figini, Patrizio Mazzone, Damiano Regazzoli, Giulia Porata, Neil Ruparelia, Francesco Giannini, Stefano Stella, Francesco Ancona, Eustachio Agricola, Nicoleta Sora, Alessandra Marzi, Andrea Aurelio, Nicola Trevisi, Paolo Della Bella, Antonio Colombo, Matteo Montorfano
OBJECTIVES: To compare indications and clinical outcomes of two contemporary left atrial appendage (LAA) percutaneous closure systems in a "real-world" population. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous LAA occlusion is an emerging therapeutic option for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. Some questions however remain unanswered, such as the applicability of results of randomized trials to current clinical practice. Moreover, currently available devices have never been directly compared...
August 27, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Shin Saito, Seigo Shindo, Shun Tsudaka, Kazutaka Uchida, Manabu Shirakawa, Shinichi Yoshimura
Here we report first 2 cases of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation with acute cardioembolic stroke in whom thrombi in the left atrial appendage (LAA) were resolved by edoxaban administration. Case 1 reports an 86-year-old woman who suddenly showed right hemiparesis and aphasia due to occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery. She received mechanical thrombectomy and recovered neurologically. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) performed on day 1 demonstrated thrombus in the LAA. The thrombus was resolved on day 13 after initiation of edoxaban (30 mg once daily) instead of warfarin, which was administered before stroke onset...
October 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Apostolos Tzikas, David R Holmes, Sameer Gafoor, Carlos E Ruiz, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist, Hans-Christoph Diener, Riccardo Cappato, Saibal Kar, Randal J Lee, Robert A Byrne, Reda Ibrahim, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, Osama I Soliman, Michael Nabauer, Steffen Schneider, Johannes Brachmann, Jeffrey L Saver, Klaus Tiemann, Horst Sievert, A John Camm, Thorsten Lewalter
The increasing interest in left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) for ischaemic stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) fuels the need for more clinical data on the safety and effectiveness of this therapy. Besides an assessment of the effectiveness of the therapy in specific patients groups, comparisons with pharmacological stroke prophylaxis, surgical approaches, and other device-based therapies are warranted. This paper documents the consensus reached among clinical experts in relevant disciplines from Europe and North America, European cardiology professional societies, and representatives from the medical device industry regarding definitions for parameters and endpoints to be assessed in clinical studies...
August 18, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Peng Liu, Rijing Liu, Yan Zhang, Yingfeng Liu, Xiaoming Tang, Yanzhen Cheng
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the clinical feasibility of generating 3D printing models of left atrial appendage (LAA) using real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) data for preoperative reference of LAA occlusion. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous LAA occlusion can effectively prevent patients with atrial fibrillation from stroke. However, the anatomical structure of LAA is so complicated that adequate information of its structure is essential for successful LAA occlusion...
August 19, 2016: Cardiology
Michał Karczewski, Sebastian Woźniak, Radomir Skowronek, Marian Burysz, Marcin Fischer, Lech Anisimowicz, Marcin Demkow, Marek Konka, Wojciech Ogorzeja
AIM: To present the results of treatment and evaluate 6 months of follow-up in a group of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, who underwent the procedure of percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (PLAAO). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion was performed in 34 patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and contraindications for oral anticoagulation therapy. The risk of thromboembolic and bleeding complications was determined based on the CHA2DS2VASc and HAS-BLED scales...
June 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
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