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• Atrial fibrillation or A-fib is a common cardiac disease that occurs as individuals get older.

• A risk factor of atrial fibrillation is blood clot formation and dislodgement or ‘embolus’ in the left atrium.

• Current treatment methods to prevent clot formation include anticoagulants, as well as a left atrial appendage closure device, The Watchman’s device is the only FDA approved left atrial appendage closure device.

• Study results confirm the rising efficacy and cost effectiveness of Watchman’s device versus long term anticoagulant therapy as well as their adverse effects regarding placement and post procedure; however further randomized control trials are needed to compare both therapies particularly novel oral anticoagulants head to head rather than through extrapolation.

• Long term effects of Watchman’s device need to be studied.

Department

Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Publication Date

2019

Disciplines

Cardiovascular Diseases

Embolus Prevention: Anticoagulant Therapy in Comparison to Watchman's Procedure in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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