A One-Time Implant That Helps Reduce AFib Stroke Risk
Frye Regional Medical Center now offers patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) an alternative to long-term blood thinners with the next generation WATCHMAN™ left atrial appendage closure device. This one-time procedure reduces the risk of stroke in people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. The newest version of the WATCHMAN device has been designed to help treat more patients safely and effectively. It never has to be replaced and cannot be seen outside the body.
The procedure is performed in the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory. The procedure typically takes about 45 minutes or less.
It is covered by Medicare and most commercial insurers.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a history of bleeding or a lifestyle, occupation or condition that puts you at risk for bleeding, WATCHMAN may be right for you. Your cardiologist will weigh your risk of a stroke against your risk of a serious bleeding problem to determine the right treatment for you. The first step to finding out if you’re a candidate for WATCHMAN is making an appointment with your cardiologist to discuss your options.