MountainView Hospital is among the first hospitals in southern Nevada to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative to long-term warfarin medication with a new Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Implant.
For patients with AF who are considered suitable for warfarin by their physicians but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative, the LAAO Implant is an implant alternative to reduce their risk of AF-related stroke. The LAAO Implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.
People with atrial fibrillation have a five times greater risk of stroke.1 Atrial fibrillation can cause blood to pool and form clots in the LAA. For patients with non-valvular AF, the LAA is believed to be the source of the majority of stroke-causing blood clots.2 If a clot forms in the LAA, it can increase one’s risk of having a stroke. Blood clots can break loose and travel in the blood stream to the brain, lungs, and other parts of the body.
The first procedure at MountainView Hospital was a joint collaboration among Dr. Dhiraj Narula, electrophysiologist; Drs. Thomas Lambert and Jeffrey Levisman, both interventional cardiologists; and Dr. Alfred Danielian, cardiac imaging specialist.
“The new LAAO Implant provides physicians with a breakthrough stroke risk reduction option for patients with non-valvular AF,” said Dr. Jeffrey Levisman, Structural Heart Medical Director at MountainView Hospital. “For patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are seeking an alternative to warfarin, the LAAO Implant offers a potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment option which could free them from the challenges of long-term warfarin therapy.”
Implanting the LAAO Implant is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour. Following the procedure, patients typically need to stay in the hospital for 24 hours.
About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atrium) beat too fast and with irregular rhythm (fibrillation). AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than five million Americans.3
About MountainView Hospital:
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV
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- Holmes DR, Seminars in Neurology 2010; 30:528–536
- Blackshear J. and Odell J., Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1996;61:755-759
- Colilla et al., Am J Cardiol. 2013; 112:1142-1147