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Your left atrial appendage (LAA) closure was done to close off this area in your heart. The procedure can help prevent a clot from moving out of the LAA to the heart or brain. This can prevent a stroke. Your doctor used a catheter to place a small device that plugs up the LAA.
After the procedure, you will spend at least 1 night in the hospital. Your groin may have a bruise and feel sore for a few days. This is where the catheter was inserted into your blood vessel. You can do light activities around the house. But don't do anything strenuous for a day or two.
Within the coming year, you will likely have a couple of tests to check that the device has closed off the LAA.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Current as of: January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine & John M. Miller MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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