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Left Atrial Appendage

If you have atrial fibrillation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center can reduce your risk of stroke by closing your heart’s left atrial appendage. Thanks to advanced technology, many of our patients no longer need blood thinners.

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Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Christopher R. Ellis

Christopher R. EllisMD, FACC

    Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Arrhythmias, Arrhythmias - Ablation, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Implantable Defibrillator Insertion
Kashish Goel

Kashish GoelMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Valve Center, Heart Valve Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease
Arvindh N. Kanagasundram

Arvindh N. KanagasundramMD

    Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Arrhythmias, Cardiovascular Medicine
Robert N. Piana

Robert N. PianaMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Inherited Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease

Left Atrial Appendage: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by leading authorities on health care quality. People from throughout the Southeast and across the country rely on us for the best and most innovative care possible. 

  • medical chart, clipboard, cross, Knowledge and experience
    Knowledge and experience

    We are one of the busiest hospitals in the U.S. for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. Our experience means quality care for you.

  • physician, doctor, stethoscope, Skilled clinicians
    Skilled clinicians

    With special expertise in atrial fibrillation and LAA closure, our electrophysiologists have had extensive training in treating heart rhythm disorders. They have published research on innovative LAA closure techniques, and they train other cardiologists in this highly specialized field. Our team is uniquely qualified to provide the care you need.

  • survey, clipboard, Clinical trials
    Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

  • caduceus, Depth of expertise, excellent outcomes
    Excellent outcomes

    Thanks to our skilled team and innovative technologies, most of our patients enjoy a lower risk of stroke and no longer need blood thinners. Most procedures are minimally invasive and take about 30 minutes. Patients have little if any pain and usually go home the next day.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Amulet LAA occluder
  • AtriClip LAA Exclusion System
  • LARIAT procedure
  • WATCHMAN device
  • WATCHMAN FLX device


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Nashville, TN 37232
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Nashville, TN 37204