Left Atrial Appendage Closure: Initial Experience with the Watchman Device

Authors

  • Konstantinos Toutouzas First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • George Trantalis First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Georgios Benetos First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Skevos Sideris First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Konstantina Aggeli First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Christodoulos Stefanadis First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2015/hc.v9i2.603

Keywords:

atrial fibrillation, left atrial appendage, LAA closure, Watchman device, stroke, anticoagulation

Abstract

We herein present the first left atrial appendage (LAA) percutaneous closure procedure performed in our Institution with use of the Watchman device in an 82-year old woman with atrial fibrillation, unable to continue receiving anticoagulation therapy due to bleeding complications. A propos with this case, we discuss the data related to this therapeutic approach geared to prevent thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindications to treatment with anticoagulants.

Author Biography

Konstantinos Toutouzas, First Department of Cardiology, Hippokratio University Hospital, Athens, Greece

Specialty: Cardiology

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Published

2014-03-28

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