Cerebrovascular complications related to atrial fibrillation ablation and strategies for periprocedural stroke prevention

Zoltan Csanadi, Edina Nagy-Baló, Stephan Danik, Conor Barrett, J. David Burkhardt, Javier Sanchez, Pasquale Santangeli, Francesco Santoro, Luigi Di Biase, Andrea Natale

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Abstract

Transcatheter treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex intervention performed in patients who are at inherently increased risk of a thromboembolic complication, including stroke. It is therefore not surprising that cerebrovascular accidents have been among the most feared complications since the inception of AF ablation. While improvements have been made to limit the incidence of thromboembolic events during catheter ablation of AF, the optimal strategy to minimize such complications has yet to be determined. It is hoped that larger trials using periprocedural anticoagulation strategies can be undertaken to definitively address these important concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diffusion-weighted cerebral magnetic resonance imaging
  • Silent cerebral ischemia
  • Stroke
  • Transcranial Doppler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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Csanadi, Z., Nagy-Baló, E., Danik, S., Barrett, C., Burkhardt, J. D., Sanchez, J., Santangeli, P., Santoro, F., Di Biase, L., & Natale, A. (2014). Cerebrovascular complications related to atrial fibrillation ablation and strategies for periprocedural stroke prevention. Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, 6(1), 111-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccep.2013.10.003