Impact of Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion on Short-Term Clinical Outcomes and Long-Term Stroke Incidence

2014-08-27 03:38:00 | BioPortfolio


Stroke is a major cause of morbidity in western society, and an infrequent complication of cardiac surgery. The majority of thromboembolic strokes arise from the left atrium, in particular the left atrial appendage. This study aims to assess the short-term effects of left atrial appendage ligation in terms of postoperative clinical and biochemical parameters; and the long-term effects of left atrial appendage ligation in terms of stroke incidence.


In patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation, the left atrial appendage is the origin of at least 90% of all left atrial clots, and the resulting systemic emboli cause approximately 25% of all strokes. The stroke rate in patients with atrial fibrillation older than 75 years of age is 8.1% per year with one clinical risk factor and is 12% per year at any age in clinical trial populations with a history of prior thromboembolism. Three-year stroke rates in elderly nursing home patients not anticoagulated are in excess of 50% (Atrial Fibrillation Investigators 1994). Anticoagulation is oftentimes withheld due to the perception of excessive risk in case of a fall; even when anticoagulation is prescribed, it is well known that therapeutic levels are not always maintained.

Left atrial appendage obliteration is commonly performed in a variety of cardiac surgical operations. There have been animal studies and theoretical arguments which demonstrate the importance of the atrial appendage in its role to support cardiac output and blood pressure, and modulate thirst and hypercoagulability (Stollberger 2003); however this has been poorly studied and documented in humans in the available literature. BNP and ANP have been shown to increase proportionately with left atrial appendage dysfunction, as have von Willebrands Factor, D-Dimer, and thrombin-antithrombin III complex (Igarashi 2001).

To date, there is not a single randomized controlled trial with adequate follow-up to assess the short- and long-term clinical effectiveness of concurrent prophylactic LAA ligation. This trial will fill that void.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Atrial Fibrillation


Left Atrial Appendage Ligation


Hospital San Rafael




London Health Sciences Centre

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:38:00-0400

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Rapid, irregular atrial contractions caused by a block of electrical impulse conduction in the right atrium and a reentrant wave front traveling up the inter-atrial septum and down the right atrial free wall or vice versa. Unlike ATRIAL FIBRILLATION which is caused by abnormal impulse generation, typical atrial flutter is caused by abnormal impulse conduction. As in atrial fibrillation, patients with atrial flutter cannot effectively pump blood into the lower chambers of the heart (HEART VENTRICLES).

Impaired or delayed impulse conduction between the right and left HEART ATRIA. Advanced interatrial blocks are often associated with arrhythmias (e.g., ATRIAL FLUTTER; and ATRIAL FIBRILLATION), direct conduction block via the Bachmann's bundle and concomitant left atrial enlargement. Syndrome of advanced interatrial block associated with SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA is referred to as Bayes syndrome.

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Ear-shaped appendage of either atrium of the heart. (Dorland, 28th ed)

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