If you are at high risk for stroke due to AFib and are unable to take blood thinners because of repeated bleeding or a high risk of bleeding, then a left atrial appendage closure device may be an option for you.
The left atrial appendage is a small, ear-shaped pouch in the heart where blood can collect. Clots that cause strokes in patients with AFib often form there.
By placing an umbrella-like device in the left atrial appendage using a minimally invasive procedure, the chance of stroke from AFib can be lowered without the need for long-term use of blood thinners. Ask your care team to see if left atrial appendage closure is an option for you.