Journal Wrap

Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC

The hottest research from various peer-reviewed journals – handpicked weekly by the Editorial Board led by Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC.

Increased Use of Oversized Watchman Devices For LAAO Reveals Less Risk of Significant Leak, Device Embolization: NCDR Study

The use of oversized devices for patients receiving the first-generation Watchman device while undergoing left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has increased over time, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. The practice was associated with less risk of significant leak or device embolization and no greater risk of other adverse events.

Prospective Study Characterizes Myocardial Damage Post COVID-19 Hospitalization

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and high cardiac troponin levels had more ventricular impairment and myocardial scarring in the early stages of recovery compared with patients without the virus, according to a study published in Circulation. However, the number of cases of myocarditis was low and the cause of the scarring was varied, including a newly identified pattern of microinfarction.

Clinical Topics: COVID-19 Hub, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Noninvasive Imaging, Pericardial Disease, Acute Heart Failure, Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, LAAO Registry, National Cardiovascular Data Registries, Pericardial Effusion, Registries, Embolism, Risk Assessment, Troponin, COVID-19, Myocarditis, Cicatrix, Prognosis, Patient Discharge, Prevalence, Odds Ratio, Quality of Life, Prospective Studies, Follow-Up Studies, Myocardial Infarction, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Heart Diseases, Heart Diseases, Inflammation, Heart Failure

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