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What is an Occluder?

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Learn About the Future of Stroke Prevention

The medical field is exploding with exciting discoveries and new innovations that promise to extend lifespans and fight the leading cause of death in the U.S.: heart disease. Chances are though you haven’t ever heard the word ‘occluder’ before. Today we will discuss what an LAA occluder is and the significance it plays in reducing risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation patients.

An Occluder for the Heart

The human heart is made up of four chambers that pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body and pump it back to receive additional oxygen. Leading to the heart are main arteries with attached blood vessels and capillaries. A left atrial occluder is a device used in the left atrial appendage of the heart to minimize the chances of blood clots. The occluder is a pioneering device that can aid those with disorders like atrial fibrillation, where the heart beats irregularly.

Significance of the LAA Occluder

Victims with atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, the leading causes of death in the United States. Patients with a-fib are five times more likely to experience a stroke than those without the condition. With such a steep risk it is necessary to take preventative measures to minimize the likelihood of stroke. An LAA occluder is developing into a safe alternative to using large amounts of coagulants and blood thinners to minimize clotting risks.

The occluder is an exciting medical technology that promises to save many lives that normally would be taken from stroke-inducing blood clots. At Coherex we are working on the development and commercialization of such a device. Stay tuned and learn what an LAA occluder will do for future blood clotting patients.


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