When a person with atrial fibrillation (AF) develops a blood clot in the heart, it most often develops in the left atrial appendage (LAA). LAAO is a procedure that places a device that acts as a barrier to prevent blood clots in the left atrial appendage from going into the blood stream and causing a
LAAO won’t prevent other types of strokes that are caused by high blood pressure and narrowing of the blood vessels to the brain.
When deciding if LAAO is the best treatment for you, your doctor will look at your:
When you have an LAAO device, you can still have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if you need it.
There are many reasons why LAAO may not be the best treatment, such as when you:
Current as of: January 25, 2022
Author: Cardiovascular Health and Stroke SCN, Alberta Health Services
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