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 What medications will my doctor prescribe for atrial fibrillation?
- Q How is atrial fibrillation (AF) treated?
- Q Are there alternative treatments for occasional atrial fibrillation?
- Q How do beta blockers help control atrial fibrillation?
- Q What are the different types of ablation for atrial fibrillation?
- Q What is the WATCHMAN device?