Structural Heart features research on ASD closure and disparities in access to Watchman device

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team features original research articles on readmissions after atrial septal defect (ASD) closure and socioeconomic disparities in access to the Watchman device in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Structural Heart, the official journal of CRF, is led by a distinguished Editorial Board of recognized international experts in the field. The journal is dedicated to disseminating the latest research and information to members of the Heart Team, as well as the wider medical community interested in structural heart disorders. The journal is now indexed on Embase, a biomedical research database from Elsevier.

"The second issue of Volume 3 features two research papers that may impact the treatment of atrial septal defects and atrial fibrillation," said Anthony N. DeMaria, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the journal and the Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology and Founding Director of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego. "A paper by Mojadidi et al evaluates readmissions data after ASD closure and indicates that compared with surgical repairs, percutaneous ASD closures are associated with lower all-cause mortality, major and minor complications, and length of hospital stay. A paper by Kupsky et al examines data regarding racial, economic, and social disparities in AF patients at elevated risk for bleeding referred to Watchman insertion."

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