Left atrial appendage occlusion favoured for some AF patients

Baseline risks for stroke, bleeding determine whether LAAO is preferred to anticoagulants for AF patients with high bleeding risk
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For selected patients with AF and higher bleeding risk, left atrial appendage occlusion may be preferred over oral anticoagulation, according to research published online 16 August in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Derek S Chew, MD, from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues examined the optimal strategy for stroke prevention conditional on the risk for ischaemic stroke and bleeding among women and men with non-valvular AF without prior stroke in a decision analysis with a Markov model.