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LAAO Watchman registry data positive

Presented By
Prof. James V. Freeman, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
ACC 2020
Real-world evidence from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) registry of patients implanted percutaneously with the Watchman device reveals a high implant success rate in addition to a low rate of in-hospital complications. Dr James Freeman (Yale University School of Medicine, USA) presented the observational, non-randomised, post-approval analysis from the registry of periprocedural outcomes of the Watchman LAAO device, which includes data from >38,000 patients, [1]. The study was simultaneously published by theĀ Journal of the American College of CardiologyĀ [2]. The approval of LAAO to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) was established in 2015, based on 2 randomised trials, yet post-approval clinical data are limited [3,4]. To qualify for Medicare reimbursement in the USA, hospitals have been required to report all Watchman device procedures to the NCDR ...

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