Light anti-thrombotic regimen for prevention of device thrombosis and/or thrombotic complications after interatrial shunts device-based closure

Rigatelli G, Zuin M, Dell’Avvocata F, Roncon L, Vassilev D, Nghia N.

Eur J Intern Med. 2020 Apr;74:42-48. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2019.12.010. Epub 2020 Jan 3.

PMID: 31902564

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Aims: The optimal antiplatelet therapy after atrial septal defect (ASD) or patent foramen ovale device closure (PFO) remain to be established. We evaluated the safety and effectiveness of 6-month 100 mg Aspirin (ASA) regimen in the very long-term follow up after intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) -aided interatrial shunt closure in a large retrospective cohort.

Methods: Single-center retrospective analysis which included medical and instrumental data of 789 consecutive patients referred to our institution over a 15 years period due interatrial shunt catheter-based closure.

Results: Finally, 734 patients were included in the analysis (mean age 46.1 ± 14.6 years, 398 females): ASD and PFO closure were successfully performed in 281 and 453 patients, respectively. Over the follow-up period, no major bleeding events were observed while the rate of minor bleeding events was 0.9%. Tolerance problems were detected in 3.4% of cases (n==28). In 11 patients (1.5%) an abnormal complete blood count was detected and monitored up to normalization. On a mean follow -up of 10.3 ± 3.0 years (range 1-15), 10 patients (1.36%) had a persistent moderate shunt 12 months after closure and maintained Aspirin 100 mg life-long, whereas the remaining 724 suspended the treatment after 6 months. Device thrombosis in ASD and PFO groups were 0% and 0.2%, respectively. A cerebral ischemic event occurred in 0.4% of the entire cohort.

Conclusions: A regimen of 100 mg of ASA for six months after ASD/PFO closure appeared to be both safe and effective in preventing device thrombosis and major bleedings.