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Specialist services available:-

Advanced cardiac procedures and interventions

alcohol septal ablation ASD/PFO closure coronary flow wire/ functional flow reserve left atrial appendage closure valvuloplasty  

Left atrial appendage closure

Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common irregular heart rhythm that starts in the atria. Instead of the SA node (sinus node) directing the electrical rhythm, many different impulses rapidly fire at once, causing a very fast, chaotic rhythm in the atria. Because the electrical impulses are so fast and chaotic, the atria cannot contract and/or squeeze blood effectively into the ventricle. The most common place for blood clots to form in heart is in the appendage of the left atrium. The atrial appendage is a piece of redundant tissue that is prone to clots forming. In patients that are intolerant to traditional blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin or the newer drugs such as Xaralto/ Pradaxa left atrial appendage closure may be an option. The procedure involves placeing wires and catheters through the femoral vein making a small hole in the atrial septum (membrane between the two top chambers of the heart) and blocking off/plugging the appendage with a stent like device. Dr Sharpe is one of a small group of interventional cardiologists qualified to perform this procedure in Australia.