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Preoperative Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk of Thromboembolic Events After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation
This study of 389 pts receiving a continuous flow LVAD evaluated the risk of thromoembolic (TE)complications associated with preop AF. TE occured in 25% of pts; freedom from TE at 2 years was 46% in those with AF and 72% in those without AF (p<0.001). AF did not affect late survival.