Long-term Event Reduction After Left Atrial Appendage Closure. Results of the Iberian Registry II

This study aimed to establish the occurrence of stroke and major bleeding events in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and left atrial appendage closure with long-term follow-up and to explore the factors associated with higher long-term mortality.MethodsAnalysis of a multicenter single cohort prospectively recruited from 2009 to 2015. Thromboembolic and bleeding events were compared with those expected from CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores. Multivariate analysis examined variables associated with mortality during follow-up.ResultsA total of 598 patients (1093 patient-years) with a contraindication for anticoagulants were recruited (median 75.4 years). The success rate of left atrial appendage closure device implantation was 95.8%. Thirty patients (5%) experienced periprocedural complications. The rate of events (per 100 patient-years) during follow-up (mean 22.9 months; median 16.1 months) was as follows: death 7.0%; ischemic stroke 1.6% (vs 8.5% expected according to CHA2DS2-VASc; P 24 months (mean follow-up 46.6 months, 683 patient-years) for severe bleeding 2.6% (vs 6.3% expected by HAS-BLED, P
Source: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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Source: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS: Edited by Sankar D. Navaneethan Source Type: research
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Source: Revue Neurologique - Category: Neurology Tags: Rev Neurol (Paris) Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Clin Pharmacol Ther Source Type: research
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Source: Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the National Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Natl Med Assoc Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: J Cardiol Source Type: research
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