Left Atrial Appendage Closure

This innovative procedure for atrial fibrillation can reduce risk of stroke

Left atrial appendage closure is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure. It is used to close a small sac inside the muscle wall of the left atrium in your heart.

We may recommend this procedure for patients with certain types of atrial fibrillation. This procedure can reduce the risk of stroke. It can also lower the long-term risk of bleeding that comes with a lifetime of warfarin use. The procedure uses the WATCHMAN™ left atrial appendage closing device.

This procedure is done in a catheterization lab. You'll be placed under general anesthesia. It usually lasts about an hour.

You will typically stay in the hospital for a day. After the procedure, you will take aspirin and warfarin for about 45 days or until there is an adequate seal.

What to Expect with Left Atrial Appendage Closure

We may recommend this procedure for patients with certain types of atrial fibrillation. This procedure can reduce the risk of stroke. It can also lower the long-term risk of bleeding that comes with a lifetime of warfarin use. The procedure uses the WATCHMAN™ left atrial appendage closing device.

This procedure is done in a catheterization lab. You'll be placed under general anesthesia. It usually lasts about an hour.

You will typically stay in the hospital for a day. After the procedure, you will take aspirin and warfarin for about 45 days or until there is an adequate seal.

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