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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649053/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-the-amplatzer-amulet-device-periprocedural-and-early-clinical-echocardiographic-data-from-a-global-prospective-observational-study
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Ulf Landmesser, Boris Schmidt, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Simon Cheung Chi Lam, Jai-Wun Park, Giuseppe Tarantini, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Volker Geist, Paolo Della Bella, Antonio Colombo, Tobias Zeus, Heyder Omran, Christopher Piorkowski, Juha Lund, Claudio Tondo, David Hildick-Smith
AIMS: The global, prospective AMPLATZER Amulet observational study documents real-world periprocedural, transoesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) and clinical outcomes from left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) using the AMPLATZER Amulet device. The aim of this report is to describe the periprocedural and early clinical/TEE results from this study. METHODS AND RESULTS: This multicentre prospective real-world registry included 1,088 patients (75±8.5 years, 64.5% male, CHA2DS2-VASc: 4...
June 25, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644155/transvenous-before-surgical-hybrid-procedure
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Joseph J Tiano, Robert Drennan, John Novella, Rafael Squiteri, Malcolm Robinson, Albert DiMeo, Lindsey Scierka, Paul LeLorier
BACKGROUND: Historically, persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF) and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPeAF) have demonstrated limited clinical success despite hybrid approaches. OBJECTIVE: We describe our experience with the endocardial-before-epicardial approach defined by a comprehensive endovascular approach preceding and guiding the epicardial approach which includes an extensive posterior wall ablation. METHODS: 40 patients were followed over a 12 month period...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639873/anesthetic-management-of-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-endocardial-and-epicardial-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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Zeena Husain, Payam Safavi-Naeini, Abdi Rasekh, Mehdi Razavi, Charles D Collard, James M Anton, Daniel A Tolpin
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in adults affecting almost 6 million adults in the United States. The 2 most common comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation are heart failure and thromboembolic events. Heart failure symptoms may be treated with rate control, antiarrhythmic medications or by catheter ablation. Unfortunately, despite optimal medical management, thromboembolic events still occur. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest and innovation in finding an alternative to chronic anticoagulation...
June 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637244/elevated-homocysteine-increases-the-risk-of-left-atrial-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-low-cha2ds2-vasc-score
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Yan Yao, Mei-Sheng Shang, Li-Jian Gao, Jing-Hua Zhao, Xiao-Hui Yang, Tong Liu, Ri-Bo Tang, Chen-Xi Jiang, De-Yong Long, Man Ning, Hui Zhu, Qiang Lv, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Jian-Zeng Dong
Aims: To assess the association and the predictive value of plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels with LA/LAA thrombus in non-valvular Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with low CHA2DS2-VASc score. Methods and results: Eight hundred and eighty-eight consecutive patients in non-valvular AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 and 1 were enrolled. All patients routinely underwent transthoracic echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography. A total of thirty-two patients had LA/LAA thrombus...
June 16, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633397/impact-of-a-refined-advanced-design-for-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion
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Gengo Sunagawa, Jamshid H Karimov, May Breitbach, Nicholas A Robinson, Kiyotaka Fukamachi
OBJECTIVES: Exclusion of the left atrial appendage has been proposed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the AtriClip PRO·V device (AOD2), now in development, for left atrial appendage exclusion in a canine model. METHODS: The newest AtriClip design comprises a dual-spring mechanism that allows the clip to open into a 'V' shape while still providing equivalent force along the length of the beam...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629626/left-atrial-accessory-appendages-diverticula-and-left-sided-septal-pouch-in-multi-slice-computed-tomography-association-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-cerebrovascular-accidents
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Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Karolina Wszołek, Wiesław Pawlik, Agata Krawczyk-Ożóg, Danuta Sorysz, Piotr Łoboda, Katarzyna Kuźma, Marcin Kuniewicz, Jacek Lelakowski, Dariusz Dudek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to provide a morphometric description of the left-sided septal pouch (LSSP), left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula using cardiac multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) and to compare results between patient subgroups. METHODS: Two hundred and ninety four patients (42.9% females) with a mean of 69.4±13.1years of age were investigated using MSCT. The presence of the LSSP, left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula was evaluated...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626989/electrical-isolation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-maze-like-catheter-substrate-modification-a-reproducible-strategy-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-non-responders
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Stefano Bordignon, Laura Perrotta, Daniela Dugo, Fabrizio Bologna, Takahiko Nagase, Alexander Fuernkranz, Kr Julian Chun, Boris Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: The ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) despite pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is controversial. Left atrial appendage isolation (LAAI) may contribute to improve outcome. We describe an ablation approach ("Maze-like"-LAAI) that (1) modifies the underlying LA substrate by linear ablation (2) eliminates the LAA as a putative AF trigger site and (3) incorporates an unambiguous procedural endpoint. The role of LAA closure (LAAC) after LAAI was investigated. METHODS: Patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias non-responsive to PVI underwent a LAAI ablation procedure...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625383/the-assessment-of-the-watchman-device-in-patients-unsuitable-for-oral-anticoagulation-asap-too-trial
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David R Holmes, Vivek Y Reddy, Maurice Buchbinder, Kenneth Stein, Myriah Elletson, Martin W Bergmann, Boris Schmidt, Jacqueline Saw
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulants (OACs) reduce stroke risks with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF); however, they are underused because of absolute or relative contraindications due to real or perceived risk of bleeding. Although left atrial appendage closure is increasingly performed in OAC-ineligible patients, this has not been studied in a randomized controlled trial. STUDY OBJECTIVES: The ASAP-TOO study is designed to establish the safety and effectiveness of the Watchman left atrial appendage closure device in patients with nonvalvular AF who are deemed ineligible for OAC...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616561/left-atrial-appendage-function-assessment-and-thrombus-identification
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Jacek Kurzawski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Marcin Sadowski
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of thrombus in the left atrium in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and may be inconsistent because of variability in thrombus morphology. In some cases it is challenging and requires unusual approach. New Doppler-derived methods might be helpful to identify such thrombi. We evaluated quantitative differences in mechanical function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) basal segments using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with non-valvular AF with and without LAA thrombus and compared them with SR patients...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614214/a-rare-case-of-multiple-thrombi-in-a-giant-left-atrium
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Alfredo Intorcia, Marco A Perrone, Riccardo Morgagni, Domenico Sergi, Massimo Marchei, Mauro Borzi, Francesco Romeo
: Giant left atrium is frequently associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. The incidence of left atrial thrombus among patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation varies from 7 to 38%. Anticoagulation therapy achieves a high rate of resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrial cavity thrombi, but in selected patients surgical therapy must be considered. An 81-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with repeated episodes of transient ischemic attack. She had a history of carotid artery stenosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatic heart disease, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612910/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Magdalena Szymała, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Tomasz Podolecki, Grzegorz Mencel, Tomasz Kukulski, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. The percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be considered for the stroke prophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF), especially in contraindications for oral anticoagulants (OAC) or high risk of bleeding. The data about implantation, safety, efficacy and follow-up are limited. Moreover, there are no studies on patients with NVAF and heart failure with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction - LVEF ≤ 35%)...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612903/the-value-of-left-atrial-strain-and-strain-rate-in-predicting-left-atrial-appendage-stasis-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Mengruo Zhu, Man Wang, Xinxin Ma, Dongyan Zheng, Yueli Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the value of left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate (S/SR) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in predicting left atrial appendage (LAA) stasis, in order to find a way for LAA stasis screening which is easily performed in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: One hundred and thirty NVAF patients prepared for AF ablation were enrolled. TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed in all patients...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606886/early-anticoagulation-drug-regimens-after-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-closure-safety-and-efficacy
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Martin W Bergmann, Timothy R Betts, Horst Sievert, Boris Schmidt, Evgeny Pokushalov, Stephan Kische, Thomas Schmitz, Felix Meincke, Kenneth M Stein, Lucas V Boersma, Hüseyin Ince
AIMS: While LAA closure has recently been incorporated in both European and US guidelines for stroke prevention, uncertainties regarding post-procedural drug therapy so far limit its adoption. METHODS AND RESULTS: 1005 patients were implanted with a WATCHMAN device in the prospective EWOLUTION study at 47 centers. 73.5% of the patients were deemed contraindicated for long-term OAC therapy. Here we report on 3-months data including the first follow-up TOE exam for 94% of the study population...
June 13, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606396/modified-internal-ligation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage
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Dawn S Hui, Richard Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597249/differential-regulation-of-protein-phosphatase-1-pp1-isoforms-in-human-heart-failure-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Stefanie Meyer-Roxlau, Simon Lämmle, Annett Opitz, Stephan Künzel, Julius P Joos, Stefan Neef, Karolina Sekeres, Samuel Sossalla, Friedrich Schöndube, Konstantin Alexiou, Lars S Maier, Dobromir Dobrev, Kaomei Guan, Silvio Weber, Ali El-Armouche
Protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) is a key regulator of important cardiac signaling pathways. Dysregulation of PP1 has been heavily implicated in cardiac dysfunctions. Accordingly, pharmacological targeting of PP1 activity is considered for therapeutic intervention in human cardiomyopathies. Recent evidence from animal models implicated previously unrecognized, isoform-specific activities of PP1 in the healthy and diseased heart. Therefore, this study examined the expression of the distinct PP1 isoforms PP1α, β, and γ in human heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) and addressed the consequences of β-adrenoceptor blocker (beta-blocker) therapy for HF patients with reduced ejection fraction on PP1 isoform expression...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595859/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-major-gastrointestinal-bleeding-from-the-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-multicenter-registry
#17
Mathieu Lempereur, Adel Aminian, Xavier Freixa, Sameer Gafoor, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Reda Ibrahim, Horst Sievert, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Steffen Gloekler, Apostolos Tzikas
History of major gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding may represent a frequent clinical indication for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aims to investigate the procedural safety and long-term outcome of patients with previous major GI bleeding (MGIB) who underwent LAAO. Data from the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug multicenter registry on 1,047 patients were analyzed. Patients with previous MGIB as indication for LAAO were compared with patients without previous MGIB...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595810/successful-percutaneous-retrieval-of-embolized-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure-device-watchman-using-a-modified-vascular-retrieval-forceps
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Zaher Fanari, Sachin Goel, Jeffrey A Goldstein
Transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is increasingly considered as an alternative to oral anticoagulation in patients with previous major bleeding or at high-risk of bleeding. Device embolization with transcatheter LAA closure is a rare complication. Most cases are asymptomatic, but it can be life threatening. Depending on the location of embolization, percutaneous retrieval is feasible. Snares are usually used for retrieval, but other devices may be used. We report the case of a 63-year gentleman who underwent an uneventful LAA closure with Watchman device and routine testing next day showed embolization to the abdominal aorta...
May 31, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595459/percutaneous-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Obayda Azizy, Christos Rammos, Nils Lehmann, Tienush Rassaf, Hagen Kälsch
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage closure is a preventive treatment of atrial fibrillation-related thrombo-embolism. Patients with diabetes mellitus have increased risk for a negative outcome in percutaneous cardiac interventions. We assessed whether percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is safe and effective in patients with diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We included 78 patients (mean age of 74.4 ± 8.3 years) with indication for left atrial appendage closure in an open-label observational single-centre study...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592750/migration-of-large-thrombus-from-the-left-atrial-appendage-during-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-a-stroke-patient
#20
Kyu-Hwan Park, Jong-Ho Nam, Jang-Won Son
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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