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Transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage: Initial experience with the amplatzer cardiac plug device.

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Summary of "Transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage: Initial experience with the amplatzer cardiac plug device."

Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure might reduce the cardioembolic risk in those patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who are not candidates for warfarin therapy. This report presents the case of two patients with atrial fibrillation who had contraindications for warfarin therapy due to bleeding complications and a high cardioembolic risk (CHADS2 >/=2) who underwent successful LAA closure with a new device, the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug. The characteristics of the device and the main technical aspects of the procedure, as well as the potential advantages of this device for LAA closure, are discussed. (c) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Quebec Heart & Lung Institute, Laval University, Québec City, Québec, Canada.

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Name: Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions
ISSN: 1522-726X
Pages: 186-92

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