Journal article

Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion Using the AtriClip Device: A Case Series

Sarah Page, Jane Hallam, Neelprada Pradhan, Brian Cowie, Phan Tuong, Desmond McGlade, Alex Rosalion, Andrew Newcomb, Michael Yii

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 1.5-2% of the population and is associated with a five-fold increased lifetime risk of stroke [1]. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the source of embolic strokes in up to 90% of patients with non-valvular AF with clots in the left atrium [2]. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical notes and echocardiographic findings of 20 patients who underwent open cardiac surgery in which concurrent AtriClip (Atricure Inc, Westchester, OH, USA) device insertion was attempted at our institution from July 2013 to February 2015. This was to examine the safety and efficacy of LAA exclusion with clip devices during open cardiac surgery. Indications for LAA exclusion in..

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