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Consider Benefit, Embolic Event Risk in Left Atrial Appendage Isolation

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Electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage during reablation in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation may confer benefit but is also associated with an increased risk for embolic events, researchers reported at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions. "Ectopics from the left atrial appendage (LAA) can act as triggers for AF and electrical isolation of the LAA may improve outcomes in recurrent AF during reablation procedures. Yet, this ablation strategy may be associated with an increased risk of LAA thrombus formation and embolic events," Christian H. Heeger, MD, from the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg in Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues wrote in an abstract. more

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