Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Devices

 

Related Videos (49)

In this presentation, Fermin C. Garcia, MD, reviews the current selection of investigatory devices developed to occlude or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients at risk for clotting associated with atrial fibrillation. Beginning with the history of medical interest in the appendage, Dr. Garcia explains the rationale for these devices (up to 40% of AF patients have a contraindication for long-term anticoagulation), the pathophysiology of stroke and the issues with current therapy.  He then describes the morphological differences in LAA structure between individuals, and the devices developed to occlude, exclude or remove the appendage, with their relative advantages and concerns.

 

Penn PhysicianLink®

Penn PhysicianLink® is an exclusive program that helps all referring physicians connect with Penn Medicine. This comprehensive package of support services expedites and facilitates direct physician communication for patient consults, referrals and transfers.

Learn more about Penn PhysicianLink®