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Higher incidence arrhythmia post-percutaneous closure of secundum ASD in patients >60 years


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ACC 2019
Patients aged >60 years who undergo percutaneous closure of secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) experienced a significantly higher incidence of atrial arrhythmia (AA) post-operatively than younger adult patients, a recent study by Vajapey et al. showed [1]. Atrial septal defect is the most common congenital heart disease in adulthood. Previous studies have shown a higher incidence of arrhythmias, even after closure, in adults compared with children. However, the long-term effects of ASD closure in older patients remain elusive. The objective of the study presented by Dr Ramya Vajapey (Cleveland Clinic, USA) was to better understand the impact of age at the time of ASD closure by comparing the incidence of AA –including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and supraventricular tachycardia– before and after percutaneous closure in adult patients with secundum ASD. The researchers used medical records of patients who underwent percutaneous closure of secun...


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