Closure of the LAA: Why One Patient Chose the Lariat
When closing off the Left Atrial Appendage (a small pocket of heart tissue located above the left atrium), you are typically looking at an occlusion device such as the Lariat or the Watchman (surgical removal is also an option). The Lariat is relatively new, so, how does it compare to the Watchman?
The Lariat device is a noose-like device which is slipped around the LAA. This ‘lasso’ is then tightened, and eventually the tissue dies and shrivels up like a grape into a raisin. Learn more and why one patient chose the Lariat.->