WATCHMAN FOR AFib
One-time procedure that may reduce stroke risk for a lifetime in people with AFib
Watchman — Also known as the atrial appendage closure. This procedure is appropriate for patients at risk of developing clots in the left atrium and may reduce a patient’s risk of stroke and eliminate the need to take blood-thinning medication.
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a common heart rhythm irregularity that can
cause blood clots, increasing your risk of stroke, heart failure, and other
heart-related complications. Blood-thinning medications like warfarin
can help reduce the risk of stroke. But some patients cannot take warfarin
because they are at high risk of bleeding.
The Watchman is a small device placed in the part of the heart where clots
are most likely to form. The device acts as a barrier to keep clots from
entering the bloodstream. Physicians implant the Watchman through a
catheter inserted in the leg, similar to inserting a stent.
Mohit Chawla, MD, electrophysiologist with St. Luke’s Hospital – Cardiology has been implanting
the Watchman device at St. Luke’s since 2016.