Atrial fibrillation (AF) represents the most common cardiac arrhythmia worldwide; it poses a great burden in terms of quality of life reduction and yearly stroke risk. Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is a stroke prevention strategy that has been proven a viable alternative to anti-thrombotic regimens in non-valvular AF patients. LAAC can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or alongside a concomitant AF trans catheter ablation, in a procedure known as "Combined Procedure". Aim of this study is to summarize the scientific evidence backing this combined strategy.
Gasperetti A, Fassini G, Tundo F, Zucchetti M, Dessanai M, Tondo C. A Left Atrial Appendage Closure Combined Procedure Review: past, present and future perspectives. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2019 May 1. doi: 10.1111/jce.13957.