When to close the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) in stroke

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When a NOAC isn't enough in stroke



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About this education

This educational webinar will provide an opportunity for general practitioners and other clinicians to update their knowledge in stroke and atrial fibrillation management, with particular focus on treatment options for stroke patients in whom anti-coagulation therapy may not be appropriate.

This activity will be presented by leading medical educator and GP Dr Anita Muñoz, neurologist and stroke physician A/ Prof Andrew Wong and interventional cardiologist Dr Matthew Brooks. The presentations cover treatment options for anti-coagulated patients who have had stroke including left atrial appendage closure and the event includes plenty of opportunities to direct questions to the panel.

There has been great progress in understanding and treating stroke however in Australia stroke remains one of the leading causes of death. In 2020, there were an estimated 39,500 stroke events in Australia—more than 100 every day. The rate of stroke events was 154 per 100,000 population. In 2019, stroke was the underlying cause of 8,400 deaths (5.0% of all deaths and 20% of CVD deaths). (Source: AIHW - Heart, stroke and vascular disease: Australian facts).

About this education

This CPD webinar aims to:

  • Outline the seriousness of Atrial Fibrillation (AF)-associated stroke and recurrent stroke, with a particular emphasis on understanding which patients cannot safely take oral anticoagulation therapy and which patients continue to stroke despite treatment
  • Raise awareness amongst primary clinicians of the option for Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) closure in such patients as a stroke risk mitigation therapy in appropriately selected patients
  • Assist primary clinicians in identifying which patients would benefit from a discussion with a multidisciplinary team regarding LAA closure


Illustrate which AF and/or stroke patients benefit from a discussion with a multidisciplinary team regarding the utility of LAA closure as a stroke mitigation therapy.


Summarise the pathophysiology, epidemiology and impact of AF-associated stroke and recurrent stroke in Australia.

By the end of this activity, you will be able to:


Describe the contraindications to oral anticoagulation therapy.


Outline current Australian guidelines pertaining to the management of non-valvular AF.


Describe the role of the left atrial appendage in AF-associated stroke, and current available options for its closure.

Learning Outcomes

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Live webinar attendee
Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Matthew Brooks

Neurologist & Stroke Physician

A/Prof Andrew Wong

General Practitioner & leading medical educator

Dr. Anita Muñoz

Your Presenters

Praxhub is an RACGP accredited provider under the RACGP CPD Program

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Details

This medical education activity has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours with: 

Activity ID: 411332

Activity ID: 29060

Praxhub would like to acknowledge Abbott for their support of this education. The sponsor had not input into the development of this activity

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