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Exploring the New Frontiers in the Left Atrial Appendage


Hope all of you had an excellent spring break. While some of us are still reeling under cold weather most of you might have had glimpse of the spring offerings. This issue of JAFIB opens with the successful completion of the first edition of International Symposium on Left Atrial Appendage (ISLAA2013, in Kansas City. It was a great success with several hundred left atrial appendage enthusiasts who joined us in KC despite braving extreme weather conditions. The two day symposium successfully laid out what is known and unknown in the frontier science of LAA. There were live case demonstrations of some of the appendage exclusion technologies. There were some exciting debates on who should perform LAA exclusion to the appropriate utilization of which technology for the right niche of patients. On the heels of ISLAA 2013 preparations for 2014 have already begun.

Credits: Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy MD, FACC, FHRS; Andrea Natale MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC

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