Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders

This channel includes news and new technology innovations about Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders. These close off the LAA in patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent the formation of stroke-causing clots than embolize to brain.

Feature | December 06, 2010 | Dave Fornell
Transcatheter valve replacement, especially transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), took center stage at the...
News | November 03, 2010
November 3, 2010 – The first patient has been enrolled into a study comparing a left atrial appendage (LAA) closure...
News | October 29, 2010
The first-in-man use of the Coherex WaveCrest left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder system was successfully performed...
Feature | October 18, 2010
St. Jude Medical Inc. said it plans to acquire AGA Medical Holdings Inc. for about $1.3 billion. The purchase will...
News | October 04, 2010
October 4, 2010 – Germany will reimburse patients who have a left atrial appendage closure procedure in 2011. The...

The Watchman device is a transcatheter left atrial appendage occluder. It is meant to be an alternative to blood thinners in preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Feature | September 07, 2010 | John Kao, M.D., FACC and Anupama Shivaraju, M.D.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and is a major risk factor for developing...
News | June 17, 2010
June 17, 2010 – AGA Medical Holdings Inc. this week announced first patient enrollment in the feasibility phase of...
Technology | June 16, 2010
June 16, 2010 – A new surgical device for excluding the left atrial appendage has received clearance from the U.S....
News | March 25, 2010
March 25, 2010 – The FDA this week granted permission for a conditional investigational device exemption (IDE) to...

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News | August 23, 2009
August 24, 2009 – Physicians at The Mount Sinai Medical Center were the first in the country to perform a nonsurgical...
News | May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009 - Medtronic Inc. today announced the successful implant of its Cardioblate Closure Left Atrial Appendage...
Feature | April 02, 2009
April 2, 2009 - A device implanted in the heart using minimally invasive techniques may replace the most widely...
News | March 06, 2009
March 6, 2009 - Atritech Inc. will release PROTECT AF trial results on WATCHMAN LAA closure technology comparing the...
News | August 18, 2008
August 18, 2008 - Atritech Inc. today said it filed its pre-market approval application (PMA) with the FDA for its...
Technology | May 08, 2007
The Watchman device is designed to keep harmful sized blood clots that form in the left atrial appendage from...