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AtriClip Procedure

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The AtriClip procedure is a state-of-the-art technique used to treat atrial fibrillation. With atrial fibrillation the heart contracts spasmodically instead of to a consistent tempo. When the atria do not contract in rhythm with the ventricles, it can allow blood to form clots in the atria and increase the risk of stroke.

The AtriClip procedure reduces this risk of stroke, by clamping off the left atrial appendage, the portion of the atria where blood most commonly pools, also known as the LAA. To accomplish this a cardiac surgeon uses a small, rectangular clip that he clasps to the left atrial appendage using minimally invasive techniques or open surgical techniques. This clip completely blocks the left atrial appendage in as little as 3 months after being deployed, preventing blood from pooling and forming clots from forming there. Prior to the implementation of the AtriClip surgeons used sutures and staples to close the LAA but these methods were not as consistently effective as the AtriClip. Additionally the AtriClip prevents the need to pierce the atria, reducing the risk of tearing and bleeding.

If you would like to speak with one of the cardiac surgeons at Cardiac Surgery Associates of Tampa about the AtriClip procedure or treatment options for fibrillation, please contact our office online or by phone at 813.910.0027.