A potential option for people with atrial fibrillation who do not want to take blood thinners is a minimally invasive surgery that blocks the heart’s left atrial appendage, where blood is most likely to stagnate and clot.
Two devices are used for this procedure. The Watchman is a plug that seals the appendage from inside the heart. The Lariat ties off the appendage from outside the heart. Following the procedures, people with atrial fibrillation no longer need blood thinners.
- Q When can I stop taking atrial fibrillation medications?
- Q What antiarrhythmic medications may be used to treat atrial fibrillation?
- Q Will I still need antiarrhythmic drugs after ablation for A fib?
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- Q How will my doctor control my fast heart rate from atrial fibrillation?
- Q Is there a cure for chronic atrial fibrillation?