Cardiology

To have or not to have... your left atrial appendage closed

Each year in the U.S., more than 300,000 people have heart surgery. To reduce risk of stroke for their patients, surgeons often will close the left atrial appendage, which is a small sac in the left side of the heart where ...

Cardiology

Ablating non-pulmonary vein triggers improves A-fib outcome

(HealthDay)—For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) with two or more failed pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) procedures, ablating non-PV triggers is associated with improved outcomes, according to a study published online ...

Cardiology

Closing left atrial appendage reduces stroke risk from AFib

For patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart rhythm disorder, closing the area of the heart known as the left atrial appendage as an add-on procedure during cardiac surgery was associated with a 40 percent ...

Cardiology

Results from the AMULET OBSERVATIONAL STUDY reported

Initial results from the largest, prospective evaluation of a percutaneous transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device (Amplatzer Amulet) for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation ...