Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Albert C. Lin*, Bradley P. Knight

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Stroke or systemic embolism is a devastating consequence of atrial fibrillation (AF) due to thrombus formation in the left atrial appendage (LAA). AF causes thrombus formation in the LAA due to both the loss of atrial systole and the unique anatomic features of the LAA. Oral anticoagulation is a well established and effective therapy to reduce the risk of stroke in AF patients, albeit with a risk of bleeding. LAA closure is a possible alternative to oral anticoagulation in the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in AF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-201
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Left atrial appendage
  • Left atrial appendage closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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