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Frequently Asked Questions About The WATCHMAN™

Who is eligible to receive the WATCHMAN™ implant procedure?

The WATCHMAN™ Device is now advised for people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who may benefit from anticoagulant medication therapy due to an elevated risk of stroke.

For people looking for a long-term, non-pharmacological treatment option, the WATCHMAN™ Device is intended as an alternative to Warfarin medication. For every patient, the effects of the device and treatment should be contrasted with those taking Warfarin medication.

How is the procedure performed?

The WATCHMAN™ Access Sheath is used to put the WATCHMAN™ Device into the left atrial appendage aperture. The Access Sheath allows for catheter access into the left atrial appendage and is available in three different curvatures to accommodate the patient.

The frame and mesh covering of the WATCHMAN™ implant are then expanded to fit the dimensions of the left atrial aperture before being implanted via the catheter.

Is the WATCHMAN™ Device right for you?

So how do you know if the WATCHMAN™ Device is right for you? You may be a candidate if you answer YES to the following questions:

  • Do you have a history of bleeding or have a lifestyle, occupation, or condition that puts you at risk for bleeding?
  • Do you have atrial fibrillation that isn’t caused by a heart valve problem?
  • Has your doctor recommended a blood thinner for your AFib?
  • Can you take Warfarin (or any other kind of blood thinners) in the short term but need an alternative to long-term blood thinners?

Your Lee Health surgeon can answer any more questions you may have about the procedure and if it's right for you.

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