TCT: Heart Device Lowers Chance of Stroke in AFib

LAA occlusion feasible with Amplatzer plug in cardiac patients with intracranial bleeding

  • by Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today

SAN FRANCISCO — Patients with previous brain hemorrhages and diagnosed atrial fibrillation reduced their risk of subsequent strokes after undergoing left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), researchers reported here.

Compared with historical risks, patients had a 75% reduction of stroke or transient ischemic attacks and a “remarkably low” frequency of major bleeding at 0.7% when they had appendage closure with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP) device, reported Apostolos Tzikas, MD, PhD, of AHEPA University Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece, and colleagues. Read the whole Article.

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