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New Insights into Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Submission deadline: 31 January 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Patrizio Mazzone, MD, PhD
    Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Arrhythmia Unit and Electrophysiology Laboratories, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
    Interests: left atrial appendage closure; leads extractions; atrial fibrillation ablation
  • Fabrizio Guarracini, MD, PhD
    Cardiac Electrophysiology/Pacing Lab and Arrhythmia Service, Cardiology Department, Santa Chiara Hospital, Trento, Italy
    Interests: left atrial appendage closure; ventricular tachycardia ablation; atrial fibrillation ablation; non fluoroscopic catheter ablation
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Several studies have shown that 90% of emboli related to non-valvular atrial fibrillation originate from left atrial appendage. Left atrial appendage occlusion is a technique used since 2001 to reduce the risk of ischemic stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and who have contraindications to long-term anticoagulation therapy.

Percutaneous closure or surgical exclusion of the left atrial appendage in patients with high bleeding and high cardioembolic risk is currently a well established procedure in clinical practice and guidelines.

Technological evolution has recently allowed the use of a large number of devices with specific characteristics that can be used clincally to close the left atrial appendage. In addition, preoperative imaging techniques allow for customization of the procedure, preventing procedural failures.

The purpose of this special issue is to describe the most recent innovations regarding this procedure, the clinical issues still open and future perspectives.

Dr. Patrizio Mazzone and Dr. Fabrizio Guarracini

Guest Editors

left atrial appendage closure
atrial fibrillation
bleeding risk
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