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Latest Left atrial appendage occlusion Stories

2014-06-28 09:50:54

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Larry Ambrose was diagnosed as having a stroke a few days after he woke up one night, wandered into his kitchen and couldn't read the time on his microwave. Ambrose, like 25 percent of all stroke patients, experienced a cryptogenic ischemic stroke, meaning physicians were unable to determine a cause. For these patients, physicians believe atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat), may occur without the patient's...

2014-04-21 23:00:12

Interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists at Allegheny General Hospital recently performed the first procedure using the LARIAT™ Suture Delivery Device, a lasso-like suture that ties off the left atrial appendage (LAA), an area of the heart that is prone to developing blood clots, particularly in patients with atrial fibrillation. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network, has joined a select group of medical...


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