The Heart Hospital at Saint Francis is pleased to offer LARIAT, an advanced solution for those at risk for stroke. This new non-invasive procedure can virtually eliminate the risk for stroke for people who cannot tolerate blood thinners, as well as those affected by atrial fibrillation.
Just as its name implies, LARIAT is a lasso-like tool that is inserted through a puncture in the chest. Essentially, this tool is a stitch that loops around the left atrial appendage, thus closing it off and preventing both blood clots and strokes. Patients who qualify for the LARIAT procedure can avoid open-heart surgery and can often go home the following day.