Left Atrial Appendage Closure

The multidisciplinary Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) team at Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute has extensive experience in procedural treatment of cardiovascular arrhythmias. The LAAC team is part of the Advanced Heart Disease Clinic and has been trained to implant the FDA-approved Watchman™ device. In addition, Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute is a select site for clinical research, offering the latest in device technology through access to clinical trials.

LAA Closure Procedure

Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure is a minimally invasive, advanced therapy used to treat patients living with Atrial Fibrilation (AF) who are at increased risk for stroke. Patients implanted with a LAA Closure device are followed through the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento.

LAA Closure devices are placed using a catheter to reduce stroke risk associated with thromboembolism from the left atrial appendage in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Benefits of LAA Closure

  • 72% reduction in major bleeding events (nosebleeds, stomach bleeds, brain bleeds)
  • 78% reduction of stroke risk and an improved quality of life
  • 95% implant success rate leading to faster recovery times
  • 99% of patients are off blood thinners medications at 1 year

Atrial Fibrillation Clinic

Left Atrial Appendage Closure is one of several treatments available through the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento. The clinic provides therapy options for patients with persistent or Atrial Fibrillation who are difficult to treat or continue to experience symptoms.

A multidisciplinary team of electrophysiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, and nurse coordinators work together with the patient to determine the best therapy to enhance their quality of life. An RN Program Coordinator assists patients with assessments, procedure planning, monitoring, and long-term follow up.

Take the Next Step

If your doctor is suggesting a consultation for Left Atrial Appendage Closure, request a referral to the Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute’s Advanced Heart Disease Clinic. You or your physician may contact us by calling (877) 999-8287 (ext. 4) or (916) 453-4768.