Transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defects in patients aged 40 years and older

Tulay Altindag, Jolien Roos - Hesselink, Judith Cuypers, Ron van Domburg, Peter de Jaegere, FJ (Folkert) Meijboom, Maarten Witsenburg

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Objective To evaluate the safety and effect of transcatheter device closure in ostium secundum atrial septal defects (ASD II) in patients aged 40 years and older Methods Retrospective single-centre study concerning 47 consecutive ASD transcatheter occlusion procedures performed between January 1999 and December 2008 Electrocardiography, echocardiography and clinical assessments of the patients were conducted pre- and post-intervention and at follow-up Results Of the 130 patients who were referred for interventional ASD closure, 47 were 40 years and older and all of them actually had the device inserted There were no major complications during the intervention Mean follow-up time was 15 15 months During follow-up, three patients needed surgical reintervention because of device embohsation (n=2) or dislocation (n=1) Of the patients with severe right ventricular (RV) dilatation, more than half (58%) had no or mild dilatation at last follow-up Reduction of RV dilatation was not related to age Pulmonary hypertension was present in 63% before the procedure and was reduced to 38% at follow-up NYHA class improved in all age groups, also in patients over 60 years of age In two of the three patients who died during follow-up, no cause of death could be established, but both had responded well to treatment regarding the echocardiographic and clinical findings Conclusion Transcatheter device closure of ASD is a successful and effective treatment, also for patients aged 40 years and older Patients showed regression of right ventricular enlargement and an improvement in functional class (Neth Heart J 2010,18 537-42)
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)537-542
Number of pages6
JournalCardiologie (Hoogland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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