Association between incomplete surgical ligation of left atrial appendage and stroke and systemic embolization.

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BACKGROUND Surgical exclusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) can frequently yield incomplete closure. OBJECTIVE We evaluated the ischemic stroke/systemic embolization (SSE) risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and complete LAA closure (cLAA) vs incompletely surgically ligated LAA (ISLL) and LAA stump after surgical suture ligation. METHODS… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2015.03.028

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