Heart surgery: To have or not to have…your left atrial appendage closed

https://ift.tt/2GHpgV2 Each year in the US, more than 300,000 people have heart surgery. To reduce risk of stroke for their patients, surgeons often will close the left atrial appendage, which is a small sac in the left side of the heart where many blood clots form, during these surgeries. Adding this procedure is likely the right choice for certain patients but not all.

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