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Simple surgery saves patients with heart arrhythmia caused by often-lethal strokes – News-Medical.net

A simple surgery saves patients with heart arrhythmia from often-lethal strokes, says a large international study led by McMaster University.

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A simple surgery saves patients with heart arrhythmia from often-lethal strokes, says a large international study led by McMaster University.
Researchers found that removing the left atrial appendage — an unused, finger-like tissue that can trap blood in the heart chamber and increase the risk of clots — cuts the risk of strokes by more than one-third in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Even better, the reduced clotting risk comes on top of any other benefits conferred by blood-thinner medications…

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