LARIAT Procedure a Potential Lifesaver for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

A 78-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation recently came to the University of Maryland Medical Center in deep fear: The blood thinner she was taking to avoid a stroke — which may occur from <2% up to 20% of untreated atrial fibrillation (AF) patients — had triggered a hemorrhage in her gastrointestinal tract that required nine units of blood to treat.