People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) have a five times greater stroke risk than those who do not have the condition. Many people with AFib struggle to stay on blood-thinning medications due to the required monitoring, lifestyle limitations and bleeding risks.
The Christ Hospital is the only hospital in the region to offer a new, FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment called The Watchman to reduce the risk of AFib-related stroke, without using anticoagulation drugs, or blood thinners.
About the size of a coin, The Watchman is a device that is inserted through a catheter into the specific area of the heart most often responsible for clots that cause stroke.
The one-time procedure effectively "seals off" this area and prevents stroke-causing blood clots from entering the bloodstream. The Watchman procedure is covered by Medicare for approved patients.
Is WATCHMAN Right for You?
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. But like any medical procedure, WATCHMAN comes with risks, so it isn't right for everyone. Your cardiologist will weigh your risk of a stroke against your risk of a serious bleeding problem to determine the right treatment for you.
Take the WATCHMAN Assessment to see if WATCHMAN is right for you.