Procedural and Short-Term Follow-Up Outcomes of WATCHMAN FLX™ Device vs Amplatzer™ Amulet™ Occluder: A Meta-Analysis
- Meta-analysis (published in Heart Rhythm) of 4186 patients from 21 studies (a meta-analysis is a statistical technique used to systematically combine data from a number of independent studies to develop a single conclusion that is statistically stronger than the analysis of any single study)
- 3187 Amulet implants
- 999 WATCHMAN FLX implants
- No difference in TE risk between groups
- CHA2DSC2-VASc: 4.3±1.5 for Amulet
- CHA2DSC2-VASc 4.2±1.5 for WATCHMAN FLX
- Data from a first imaging study performed within 3-month were used to assess the incidence of peri-device leaks >5mm and device-related thrombosis (DRT).
Safety endpoint was the occurrence of death, stroke, major bleeding, myocardial infarction, major vascular complications, device embolization, or pericardial effusion within 7 days post-procedure.
The largest comparison of peri-procedural success and short-term outcomes of LAAC devices, Amplatzer Amulet vs. WATCHMAN FLX reveals superior procedural safety, higher procedural success, and better LAA closure with WATCHMAN FLX.
WATCHMAN FLX showed a significantly lower incidence of peri-procedural complications (p<0.01)
- WATCHMAN FLX superior on primary safety endpoint (0.6% FLX vs 4.7% Amulet, p<0.01)
- WATCHMAN FLX superior on overall pericardial effusion/tamponade (0.1% FLX vs 2.5% Amulet, p<0.01)
- WATCHMAN FLX superior on clinically relevant pericardial effusion/tamponade (0.01% FLX vs 0.7% Amulet, p=0.01)
- WATCHMAN FLX superior on peri-procedural major/intracranial bleeding (0.1% FLX vs 2.3% Amulet, p=0.01)
- 0 device embolizations occurred with WATCHMAN FLX vs. 15 with Amulet (0.1%; 95% CI: 0-0.3)
- WATCHMAN FLX demonstrated lower DRT than Amulet (1% vs 1.6%)
- No difference was observed for death or stroke between groups
WATCHMAN FLX showed a trend towards higher procedural success (p=0.08). Procedural success was achieved in 99.9% of WATCHMAN FLX patients (99.4% for Amulet, P=0.08)
WATCHMAN FLX showed a trend towards more frequent appendage occlusion (leaks >5mm; p=0.06). WATCHMAN FLX demonstrated fewer peri-device leaks >5mm than Amulet (0.01% vs 0.34%, p=0.06)
1. Della Rocca, D., Magnocavallo, M., Gianni, C., Horton, R., Biase, L., Natale, A., Procedural and short-term follow-up outcomes of Amplatzer Amulet Occluder versus Watchman FLX Device: A Meta-Analysis, Heart Rhythm, February 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2022.02.007