What’s the New Trend in Medical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation?

Q: I have been living with atrial fibrillation for 2 years and is always at high risk of stroke. In the last 2 years, I took drug treatment. But it seems that I can’t get rid of AFib through this way. I heard that AFib patients could have a relapse even after the ablation. Is there any other medical treatment for atrial fibrillation?

A: AFib patients are at high risk of stroke. The most effective way of erasing the risk is to eliminate the cause – atrial fibrillation. However, it’s hard to specifically define the cause of AFib. So it’s not easy to normalize patients’ heart rate and heart rhythm.

About 90% of blood clots in AFib are formed in the left atrial appendage of the heart. If the formation of blood clots is stopped in the left atrial appendage, then the danger of stroke would be reduced by 90% accordingly. There is only a narrow vessel that connects the left atrial appendage with the left atrium. As long as the vessel is clogged, both the formation and the conveyance of blood clots are hindered. This medical treatment for AFib is known as left atrial appendage exclusion (LAA exclusion). It can lower the risk of stroke, especially the risk of embolic stroke, and is now a new trend in AFib treatment. After taking the surgery, patients no longer have to take anticoagulant medicines, so there is no need for them to worry about bleeding which anticoagulants may cause.



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