n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Left atrial appendage closure in patients with atrial fibrillation in whom warfarin is contra-indicated : initial South African experience : cardiovascular topics

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



Atrial fibrillation is a common cause of cardiac embolic events, especially stroke. Oral anticoagulation therapy is used to reduce these events. Many patients however are unable to take such therapy. Percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage (the source of 90% of these emboli) is an option in these patients. Presented here are the first 12 patients to have this procedure done in South Africa.

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