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Advanced Treatment for Reducing the Risk of Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation

If you have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and looking for an alternative to blood thinners, you may be a candidate for the WATCHMAN device.

South Bend Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Naseer Nasser is first in the region to offer patients the WATCHMAN alternative.

  • The average person with atrial fibrillation is 5 times more likely to have a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat.
  • The Watchman Device is an implant alternative to the lifelong use of blood thinners for stroke risk reduction in patients with AFib.
  • Watchman is a one-time procedure and permanent implant.
  • The Watchman implant forms a barrier in the left atrial appendage to keep blood clots from forming and causing a stroke.

Watchman does not come with the same bleeding risks associated with lifelong use of blood thinners.

  • According to Boston Scientific’s Watchman Research, “more than 90% of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are formed in the atrial appendage.
  • Watchman was compared to warfarin in clinical trials and was found to effectively reduce the risk of stroke.
  • In national clinical research studies, 9 out of 10 people were able to stop taking blood thinners just 45 days after getting the Watchman implant.

Michael Futa, Watchman Patient

Indications For Use

The WATCHMAN Device is indicated to reduce the risk of thromboembolism from the left atrial appendage in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who:

  • Are at increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism based on CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc scores and are recommended for anticoagulation therapy
  • Are deemed by their physicians to be suitable for warfarin
  • Have an appropriate rationale to seek a non-pharmacologic alternative to warfarin, taking into account the safety and effectiveness of the device compared to warfarin.

The WATCHMAN Access System is intended to provide vascular and transseptal access for all WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices with Delivery Systems.

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