The IrisFIT Patent Foramen Ovale Closure Device in Patients With History of Cryptogenic Embolization.

CONCLUSION: The IrisFIT PFO Closure System can be used safely and with high technical success for secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke or peripheral embolization. PMID: 31522140 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Journal of Invasive Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Invasive Cardiol Source Type: research

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Gore won the European CE Mark for its GORE CARDIOFORM ASD Occluder, a device designed for percutaneous, transcatheter closure of ostium secundum atrial defects (ASDs). The occluder recently completed a clinical study involving 125 patients with ASD, ...
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Publication date: Available online 1 October 2019Source: Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)Author(s): Jérôme Wintzer-Wehekind, Alberto Alperi, Christine Houde, Jean-Marc Côté, David del Val, Mélanie Côté, Josep Rodés-CabauAbstractIntroduction and objectivesRandomized trials have shown the efficacy of transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in patients aged ≤ 60 years with cryptogenic embolism. We aimed to assess the long-term safety and efficacy of PFO closure in patients aged > 60 years.MethodsOf 475 consecutive patien...
Source: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Ann Intern Med Source Type: research
AbstractFew data are available on age-related burden and characteristics of embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) in the real world clinical practice. The aim of our study was to provide information about it. We retrospectively analyzed data of patients consecutively admitted to our Stroke Unit along 1  year (2017, November 1st–2018, October 31st). The etiology of ischemic stroke was defined at hospital discharge; ESUS was considered as a subset of cryptogenic stroke, and defined according to the 2014 international criteria. In the analyzed period, 306 patients, 52.3% females, mean age ±&thi...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
UP TO 40% of all ischemic strokes are considered cryptogenic, implying a stroke without a definitive etiology.1,2 With a dearth of evidence-guided treatment strategies, the literature surrounding cryptogenic stroke is highly variable and not well-standardized. Even though existing guidelines do not specify the exact testing required, the cryptogenic stroke evaluation includes a variety of imaging modalities (eg, echocardiography, angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, carotid ultrasound) and laboratory investigations (eg, genetic testing, hypercoagulable disorder panels, erythrocyte sedimentation rate).
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Case Conference Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography is routinely performed in patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) to help plan secondary stroke management, but recent data evaluating its usefulness in this context are lacking. We sought to evaluate the value of echocardiography for identifying clinically actionable findings for secondary stroke prevention. METHODS: We conducted a multicentre cohort study of patients admitted to hospital with stroke or TIA between 2010 and 2015 at 2 academic hospitals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Clinically actionable echocardiographic findings for secondar...
Source: cmaj - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
Conclusions: In this single center study of mostly lean patients, percutaneous closure of PFO under TTE guidance as the only imaging tool appeared effective at midterm follow-up, while avoiding radiation exposure, endotracheal intubation and contrast agent use. PMID: 31372266 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Authors: Seeger J, Uber A, Wöhrle J Abstract BACKGROUND: Randomized trials for percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) have demonstrated a lower rate of recurrent ischemic events compared with medical therapy. The aim of this long-term follow-up analysis was to validate the impact of PFO closure on recurrent ischemic events. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 570 patients were enrolled. Patients were followed for recurrent ischemic events for a median of 7.2 years. Mean age at the time of procedure was 49.3 ± 13.1 years. PFO closure was performed with the Amplatzer occluder in 44.9% of patie...
Source: The Journal of Invasive Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Invasive Cardiol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Although a big step forward that will benefit many patients has been taken with recent trials, many questions remain unanswered. Pending results from further studies, decision-making regarding management of patients with PFO-associated ischaemic stroke should be based on a close coordination between neurologists/stroke specialists and cardiologists. PMID: 31378692 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Arch Cardiovasc Dis Source Type: research
AbstractLeft atrial (LA) enlargement is a marker of LA cardiopathy and, in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO), is associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke. The primary study outcome was the comparison of LA diameter between patients undergoing percutaneous PFO closure versus those treated conservatively. The secondary endpoints were the association of LA diameter with the Risk of Paradoxical Emboli (ROPE) score and the presence of Atrial septal aneurysm (ASA) and Right-To-Left Shunt (RLS). Retrospective analysis of clinical and instrumental data of 1040 subjects referred to a single tertiary center for PF...
Source: The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
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