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Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Transcatheter Occlusion Using the X-Caliber System for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation. A study which assessed the value of mechanically occluding the left atrial appendage (LAA), the source of most of the thromboses which occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)
Conclusion The 2-year risk of stroke in AF patients is markedly reduced with mechanical occlusion of the LAA. PLAATO is an alternative for patients with AF and contraindications for oral anticoagulation
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The Amplatzer septal occluder uses a simpler technique than the PLAATO technique.
which has taken over Appriva Medical, the company that initially developed the PLAATO device.
A phase I clinical trial of PLAATO is scheduled for fall.