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New device helps Memorial Health doctors reduce risk of strokes

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Oftentimes, the risk of stroke for some heart patients can be high. But now a new device just onto the market will allow doctors in our area to reduce that risk significantly.Dr. Roy Ehrlich, a practicing psychiatrist has been dealing with heart issues, specifically Atrial Fibrillation for about four years now and as result has been a blood thinners, which could enhance a risk of stroke.Now a new procedure being used by doctors at Memorial Health called Left Atrial Appendage Closure will reduce that risk considerably.The new next generation device is implanted into the heart during the 30-minute procedure that is a game changer as far as reducing the stroke risk and allowing the patients to get off of blood thinning medication.”This was a monumental change in our ability to treat people who has such a highly prevalent condition,” said Dr. Dale Daly, Intervention Cardiologist for Memorial Health. “And it has been completely monumental in allowing us to be able to still protect these people from strokes.”And for patients like Dr. Ehrlich, it was pretty much a no-brainer for him to be one of the first to undergo this procedure.”The preventative aspects of it are great and therefore because it’s recommendation to me by somebody I trust,” said Dr. Erlich. “I would recommend it to the other people with a similar circumstance.”This next generation device only got approval from the FDA a couple of weeks ago. Memorial has become the only hospital in the state of Georgia since it’s gotten that commercial approval to perform the procedure.”We are very pleased with the device we can see that it’s going to allow us to have an even higher success rate with being able to successfully implant these devices,” explained Dr. Daly.The Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial performed the first five procedures using the device Thursday. It takes about 30 minutes and the patient is monitored overnight in the hospital and released the next morning.

Oftentimes, the risk of stroke for some heart patients can be high.

But now a new device just onto the market will allow doctors in our area to reduce that risk significantly.

Dr. Roy Ehrlich, a practicing psychiatrist has been dealing with heart issues, specifically Atrial Fibrillation for about four years now and as result has been a blood thinners, which could enhance a risk of stroke.

Now a new procedure being used by doctors at Memorial Health called Left Atrial Appendage Closure will reduce that risk considerably.

The new next generation device is implanted into the heart during the 30-minute procedure that is a game changer as far as reducing the stroke risk and allowing the patients to get off of blood thinning medication.

“This was a monumental change in our ability to treat people who has such a highly prevalent condition,” said Dr. Dale Daly, Intervention Cardiologist for Memorial Health. “And it has been completely monumental in allowing us to be able to still protect these people from strokes.”

And for patients like Dr. Ehrlich, it was pretty much a no-brainer for him to be one of the first to undergo this procedure.

“The preventative aspects of it are great and therefore because it’s recommendation to me by somebody I trust,” said Dr. Erlich. “I would recommend it to the other people with a similar circumstance.”

This next generation device only got approval from the FDA a couple of weeks ago. Memorial has become the only hospital in the state of Georgia since it’s gotten that commercial approval to perform the procedure.

“We are very pleased with the device we can see that it’s going to allow us to have an even higher success rate with being able to successfully implant these devices,” explained Dr. Daly.

The Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial performed the first five procedures using the device Thursday.

It takes about 30 minutes and the patient is monitored overnight in the hospital and released the next morning.

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