Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation now have an alternative to long-term warfarin medication therapy.
Deborah® was among the first in the region to implant the newly FDA-approved WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant. This is a breakthrough for patients with AF who are suitable for warfarin therapy, but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative.
The WATCHMAN™ Implant closes off the left atrial appendage to keep harmful blood clots within the LAA from entering the bloodstream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin. The implantation is a one-time procedure that usually takes about an hour.
Patients with atrial fibrillation have a five times greater risk of stroke. According to device manufacturer Boston Scientific, many of these patients would benefit from a WATCHMAN™ implant.
After the procedure, patients will stay in the hospital overnight for observation.
This is the next generation of WATCHMAN, which is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular AFib) who need an alternative to blood thinners. Implanted into the heart to close off the left atrial appendage, the device prevents blood clots from forming and causing a stroke. The WATCHMAN FLX has a far superior safety profile, greater procedural performance, and expands the treatable patient population because of its structure and size.
Many of Deborah’s WATCHMAN patients have successfully discontinued their use of blood thinners. The new WATCHMAN FLX – able to be used on a wider group of patients – will offer an opportunity for improved quality of life to many more Deborah patients.
Many people with Atrial Fibrillation don’t take important blood thinning medication as prescribed by their doctor, which poses a serious risk to their health. At Deborah, there is an exciting treatment option for A-Fib patients that provides an alternative to long term blood thinners medication: The Watchman procedure. Dr. Ice and Dr. Corbisiero are here to tell you more about it.Watch Video
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