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Left atrial closure device

Yoshinari Enomoto, Varuna K Gadiyaram, Carola Gianni, Rodney P Horton, Chintan Trivedi, Sanghamitra Mohanty, Luigi Di Biase, Amin Al-Ahmad, J David Burkhardt, Arvin Narula, Gwen Janczyk, Matthew J Price, Rizwan Afzal, Moustapha Atoui, Matthew Earnest, Vijay Swarup, Shephal K Doshi, Sarina van der Zee, Rebecca Fisher, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Douglas N Gibson, Andrea Natale, Vivek Reddy
BACKGROUND: In the stroke prevention trials of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device, a post-implantation anti-thrombotic regimen of 6 weeks of warfarin was employed. OBJECTIVE: Because of the clinical complexity of warfarin use, we studied the relative feasibility and safety of instead employing non-warfarin oral anticoagulants (NOACs) during the peri- and initial post-implantation period after Watchman implantation. METHODS: This is a retrospective multicenter study of consecutive patients undergoing Watchman implantation and receiving peri- and post-procedural NOACs or warfarin...
October 19, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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
Navkaranbir S Bajaj, Rajat Kalra, Nirav Patel, Taimoor Hashim, Hemant Godara, Sameer Ather, Garima Arora, Tilak Pasala, Thomas T Whitfield, David C McGiffin, Mustafa I Ahmed, Steven G Lloyd, Nita A Limdi, Pankaj Arora
BACKGROUND: Multiple novel oral anticoagulants and left atrial appendage closure devices (WATCHMAN) have been tested against dose-adjusted vitamin K antagonists in randomized controlled trials for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. No direct comparisons of these strategies are available from randomized controlled trials. We conducted the current analyses by combining efficacy and safety characteristics of all FDA approved stroke prophylaxis treatment strategies for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2016: PloS One
Phuoc Duong, Lee Patrick Ferguson, Stephen Lord, Stephen Murray, Ewen Shepherd, John Pius Bourke, David Crossland, John O'Sullivan
AIM: Data on arrhythmia outcome following device closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) are lacking. This study provides medium-term follow-up data on atrial arrhythmias in patients who were ≥40 years of age at the time of transcatheter ASD closure. METHODS AND RESULTS: It is a retrospective review. Mean age of the 159 patients was 57 years. Median follow-up was 3.6 years (range 6 months-10.9 years). Patients were classified, according to arrhythmia status prior to ASD closure, into Group I, no history of atrial arrhythmia (n = 119, mean age 55...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Erin A Fender, Jawad G Kiani, David R Holmes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Anticoagulant therapy effectively reduces the incidence of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but is underutilized and frequently contraindicated. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the primary site of thrombus formation in AF patients. Surgical and percutaneous appendage closure has been evaluated as a site-specific therapy to reduce systemic thromboembolism. RECENT FINDINGS: We will review LAA closure techniques, examine recent outcome data, and discuss the indications for, and potential complications of, each approach...
November 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Daniele Gemma, Raúl Moreno Gómez, Jaime Fernández de Bobadilla, Guillermo Galeote García, Teresa López Fernandez, Jose R López-Mínguez, José L López-Sendón
Mitral stenosis (MS) is frequently associated with the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) as a consequence of hemodynamic and inflammatory changes in the left atrium. Both conditions predispose to thrombus formation, with frequent involvement of the left atrial appendage (LAA), and consequent increase in the incidence of systemic thromboembolic events. Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty (PMV) reduces the risk of thromboembolism in patients with significant mitral stenosis. Percutaneous LAA closure is also associated with a reduction in thromboembolic risk in patients with AF, but there are no data regarding the use of this technique in patients with significant mitral valve disease...
September 29, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Yae Matsuo, Petr Neuzil, Jan Petru, Milan Chovanec, Marek Janotka, Subbarao Choudry, Jan Skoda, Lucie Sediva, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Vivek Y Reddy
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter left atrial appendage closure is an alternative therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients. These procedures are currently guided with transesophageal echocardiography and fluoroscopy in most centers. As intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is commonly used in other catheter-based procedures, we sought to determine the safety and effectiveness of intracardiac echocardiography-guided left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 27 patients (11 males, 77...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Peter Fahmy, Lim Eng, Jacqueline Saw
Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is gaining interest as an alternative option for prevention of strokes in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), especially for those with contraindications to anticoagulation. Complications from these procedures are well described in the medical literature. LAA closures may lead to pericardial effusion, device-associated thrombus, and device embolization. Understanding the reasons for embolization, strategies to avoid embolization, and the techniques for retrieval of LAA devices (ACP/AMULET and WATCHMAN) should be appreciated by endovascular implanters...
September 28, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Ashish H Shah, Mark Osten, Andrew Leventhal, Yvonne Bach, Daniel Yoo, Danny Mansour, Lee Benson, William M Wilson, Eric Horlick
OBJECTIVES: This study reviewed a series of patients treated with transcatheter closure of septal defect to treat platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome, with specific attention to septal characteristics and device choice. BACKGROUND: Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome is an uncommon condition characterized by positional dyspnea and hypoxemia due to intracardiac right-to-left shunting through a patent foramen ovale (PFO), an atrial septal defect, or pulmonary arteriovenous malformations...
September 26, 2016: JACC. 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
Pascal Amedro, Camille Soulatges, Alain Fraisse
We report a case of late infective endocarditis in an 8-year-old boy 3 years after transcatheter closure of an atrial septal defect with the Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder Device. Echocardiography showed a very thick pannus lining the left atrial disc of the prosthesis, with some mobile elements. MRI showed several cerebral microemboli. The patient had dental caries and blood cultures found Staphylococcus aureus. Patient was treated with gentamicin and oxacillin before surgical removal of the prosthesis...
September 19, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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
Martin J Swaans, Lisette Is Wintgens, Arash Alipour, Benno Jwm Rensing, Lucas Va Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia treated in the clinical practice. One of the major complications of AF is a thromboembolic cerebral ischemic event. Up to 20% of all strokes are caused by AF. Thromboembolic cerebral ischemic event in patients with AF occurs due to atrial thrombi, mainly from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Prevention of clot formation with antiplatelet agents and especially oral anticoagulants (vitamin K antagonists or newer oral anticoagulants) has been shown to be effective in reducing the stroke risk in patients with AF but has several drawbacks with (major) bleedings as the most important disadvantage...
2016: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
Guillaume Bonnet, Erwan Salaun, Mathieu Pankert, Thomas Cuisset, Jean-Louis Bonnet
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure using the WATCHMAN™ device (WM) may be considered in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and a high-risk of stroke who are ineligible for long-term oral anticoagulation (OAC). AIM: To report our single-centre preliminary experience, focusing on feasibility, safety and short-term efficacy of this procedure. METHODS: Patients implanted from December 2013 to February 2014 were included...
September 1, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
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
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
Chaim Yosefy, Yulia Azhibekov, Boris Brodkin, Vladimir Khalameizer, Amos Katz, Avishag Laish-Farkash
BACKGROUND: Not all echo laboratories have the capability of measuring direct online 3D images, but do have the capability of turning 3D images into 2D ones "online" for bedside measurements. Thus, we hypothesized that a simple and rapid rotation of the sagittal view (green box, x-plane) that shows all needed left atrial appendage (LAA) number of lobes, orifice area, maximal and minimal diameters and depth parameters on the 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) image and LAA measurements after turning the images into 2D (Rotational 3DTEE/"Yosefy Rotation") is as accurate as the direct measurement on real-time-3D image (RT3DTEE)...
2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
George D Athanassopoulos
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August 19, 2016: Cardiology
C Skurk, D M Leistner, J-W Park, U Landmesser
In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, >90 % of thrombi are detected in the left atrial appendage (LAA). In particular these observations have resulted in the development of catheter-based LAA closure as an approach for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation in recent years. A preliminary randomized trial provided promising data with respect to efficacy and safety of this approach as compared to anticoagulation with warfarin. The safety of the procedure has been significantly improved in recent years due to procedural experience and refinement of implanted devices...
September 2016: Der Internist
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