The Watchman offers an alternative to life-long anticoagulation for patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a type of irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to pump unpredictably. These irregular heartbeats can cause blood to collect in the heart and potentially form a clot which can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The majority of these clots form in a small pocket in the heart called the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA).
In order to reduce the risk of clots and strokes, patients with AFib are typically on blood thinners life-long. However, some patients become intolerant to these blood thinners due to bleeding concerns. The Watchman is designed for patients with AFib who are intolerant to blood thinners.
The Watchman implant fits right into your LAA. It is designed to permanently close the pocket off and prevent those blood clots from forming. Watchman is about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many other medical implants.
The procedure is done through the artery in your groin, thus, does not require open heart surgery. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. Patients commonly stay in the hospital overnight and leave the next day.
Please make sure to contact us for more information about this procedure.