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Single-step atrial thrombus exclusion and transesophageal cardioversion in atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17605690     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia, has a major impact on both patient morbidity and healthcare economics. Hospital admissions due to AF have risen by two-thirds in the last 20 years. This is due mainly to an aging population and an increasing prevalence of chronic heart disease. Strategies for the management of AF include prevention of thromboembolism, rate control and correction of the arrhythmia. Electrical cardioversion as one component of the treatment of AF requires the absence of atrial thrombi. Transesophageal echocardiography is used routinely for exclusion of atrial thrombi prior to cardioversion in many hospitals. This review presents preliminary data on the clinical use of devices for simultaneous transesophageal echocardiography and transesophageal cardioversion.
Karl Mischke; Thomas Schimpf; Christian Knackstedt; Peter Hanrath; Patrick Schauerte
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of medical devices     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1743-4440     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-03     Completed Date:  2008-02-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230445     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Med Devices     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  549-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / therapy*
Echocardiography, Transesophageal / instrumentation*,  methods*
Electric Countershock / instrumentation,  methods*
Equipment Design
Thromboembolism / prevention & control*

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