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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/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/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/28751849/anmco-aiac-sici-gise-sic-sicch-consensus-document-percutaneous-occlusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-indications-patient-selection-staff-skills-organisation-and-training
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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 five-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)...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736162/-skin-engineering-for-severe-burns
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J-J Lataillade, B Magne, E Bey, T Leclerc, M Trouillas
Severe burned patients need definitive and efficient wound coverage. Outcome of massive burns has been improved by using cultured epithelial autografts (CEA). Despite fragility, percentages of success take, cost of treatment and long-term tendency to contracture, this surgical technique has been developed in few burn centres. First improvements were to combine CEA and dermis-like substitute. Cultured skin substitutes provide earlier skin closure and satisfying functional result. These methods have been used successfully in massive burns...
July 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691914/residual-leaks-following-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-assessment-and-management-implications
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Claire E Raphael, Paul A Friedman, Jacqueline Saw, Sorin V Pislaru, Thomas M Munger, David R Holmes
Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure for stroke prevention in the setting of non valvular atrial fibrillation is an alternative to oral anticoagulation in patients with increased bleeding risk. It allows similar reduction in thromboembolic events, in particular stroke, compared to warfarin. A common clinical dilemma is the management of patients with peri-device leak after LAA occlusion. This has been documented in both percutaneous as well as with surgical approaches. The specific definitions of leak severity, and the longer term clinical implications are poorly understood...
July 11, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675629/long-term-follow-up-after-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-comparison-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-vs-computed-tomography-to-guide-medical-therapy-and-data-about-post-closure-cardioversion
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Benjamin Berte, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Dominik Maurer, Anja Fäh-Gunz, Xavier Pillois, Barbara Naegeli, Monica Pfyffer, Gabor Sütsch, Christoph Scharf
AIMS: The use of left atrial appendage (LAA)-occluders in atrial fibrillation is increasing. There are few data on the comparison between transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and computed tomography (MDCT) assessing peridevice-flow and outcome of electrical cardioversion (ECV) in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Single-center prospective registry from 2009 to 2015 including all LAA-occluders to analyze success and complications during implantation and follow-up...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671551/3d-printing-for-sizing-left-atrial-appendage-closure-device-head-to-head-comparison-with-computed-tomography-and-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Michaela M Hell, Stephan Achenbach, In Seong Yoo, Joerg Franke, Florian Blachutzik, Jens Roether, Verena Graf, Dorette Raaz-Schrauder, Mohamed Marwan, Christian Schlundt
AIMS: Device sizing for LAA closure using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) can be challenging due to complex LAA anatomy. We investigated whether the use of 3D-printed left atrial appendage (LAA) models based on pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) permits accurate device sizing. METHODS AND RESULTS: 22 patients (73±8 years, 55% male) with atrial fibrillation requiring anticoagulation at high bleeding risk underwent LAA closure (WatchmanTM device). Pre-procedurally, LAA was sized by TEE and third-generation dual-source CT...
July 4, 2017: EuroIntervention
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/28648669/ewolution-the-next-evolution-in-appendage-closure
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EDITORIAL
Muhammad R Afzal, Emile G Daoud
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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/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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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
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/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/28595810/successful-percutaneous-retrieval-of-embolized-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure-device-watchman-using-a-modified-vascular-retrieval-forceps
#15
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/28594903/the-role-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-derivatives-in-skin-wound-healing-in-diabetic-mice
#17
Tomas de Mayo, Paulette Conget, Silvia Becerra-Bayona, Claudia L Sossa, Virgilio Galvis, Martha L Arango-Rodríguez
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have shown to be a promising tool in cell therapies to treat different conditions. Several pre-clinical and clinical studies have proved that the transplantation of MSCs improves wound healing. Here, we compare the beneficial effects of mouse bone marrow-derived allogeneic MSCs (allo-mBM-MSCs) and their acelullar derivatives (allo-acd-mMSCs) on skin wound healing in Non-Obese Diabetic (NOD) mice. One dose of allo-mBM-MSCs (1×106 cells) or one dose of allo-acd-mMSCs (1X) were intradermally injected around wounds in 8-10 week old female NOD mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577840/efficacy-and-safety-of-left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-watchman-in-patients-with-or-without-contraindication-to-oral-anticoagulation-1-year-follow-up-outcome-data-of-the-ewolution-trial
#18
Lucas V Boersma, Hueseyin Ince, Stephan Kische, Evgeny Pokushalov, Thomas Schmitz, Boris Schmidt, Tommaso Gori, Felix Meincke, Alexey Vladimir Protopopov, Timothy Betts, David Foley, Horst Sievert, Patrizio Mazzone, Tom De Potter, Elisa Vireca, Kenneth Stein, Martin W Bergmann
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion with WATCHMAN has emerged as viable alternative to vitamin K antagonists in randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: EWOLUTION was designed to provide data in routine practice from a prospective multicenter registry. METHODS: A total of 1025 patients scheduled for a WATCHMAN implant were prospectively and sequentially enrolled at 47 centers. Indication for LAA closure was based on European Society of Cardiology guidelines...
May 31, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570323/neurologic-complications-of-cardiac-and-aortic-disease
#19
James P Klaas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses neurologic complications that can arise from cardiac and aortic disease and dysfunction. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in the care of patients with cardiac or aortic disease include the use of prolonged cardiac monitoring in cryptogenic stroke and the approval of the use of left atrial appendage closure devices for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation who are not candidates for anticoagulation. Continuing controversy surrounds patent foramen ovale closure, and new evidence indicates that cognitive impairment following coronary artery bypass grafting surgery may be less common than previously thought...
June 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565887/safety-and-efficacy-of-catheter-based-left-atrial-appendage-closure-in-patients-with-contraindications-for-long-term-anticoagulation
#20
Adrian Seidel, Abdul S Parwani, Florian Krackhardt, Martin Huemer, Philipp Attanasio, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Burkert Pieske, Leif-Hendrik Boldt
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) and the role of post interventional anticoagulation often evokes controversy in daily practice. This study aimed to evaluate LAAC in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation, high thromboembolic risk and contraindications for long-term anticoagulation in a clinical scenario. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2010-2015, LAAC was attempted in 118 patients (47 women). Devices were successfully implanted in 95% (Watchman™ device n=97, St...
May 31, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
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