Diagnosing And Treating The Heart
Cardiac electrophysiologists at CHI St. Alexius Health diagnose rhythm disturbances in the heart and determine the best treatment options. Physicians perform an array of testing including invasive and non-invasive procedures to provide patients with the latest in cardiac care.
Left Atrial Appendage Occluder
The Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluder is a minimally invasive therapy to treat people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are at risk of ischemic stroke. The innovative treatment option completely and immediately seals the LAA, eliminating the need for blood-thinning medication following the procedure.
AFib occurs when the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles) and contract rapidly and irregularly. In some people with AFib, the LAA - a small, naturally occurring pocket connected to the upper left chamber of the heart - can allow blood to pool and increase the likelihood of a clot formation, which can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. For patients with AFib who are unable to take blood thinners long-term, physicians may perform procedures to prevent blood clots from leaving the LAA to reduce the risk of stroke.
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