Lower your risk of stroke with WATCHMAN™
WATCHMAN™ Procedure at Ascension Seton
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heart rhythm that affects how your heart pumps blood. If you have AFib, you may be at risk for developing blood clots. Those clots can travel through your arteries to your brain and cause a stroke. Heart doctors and care teams at Ascension Seton specialize in helping reduce your risk of stroke from AFib that’s not caused by heart valve issues. Our doctors start by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work together to create a heart care plan that’s right for you.
How the WATCHMAN™ device works
If your AFib is not caused by valve damage or disease, our cardiologists and electrophysiologists may recommend the WATCHMAN™ device to help close off your left atrial appendage (LAA). When implanted, the quarter-sized device acts as a barrier to prevent blood clots from leaving your LAA and entering your bloodstream. The WATCHMAN™ is the only FDA approved device for lowering the risk of stroke in this type of AFib.
Medication therapy and AFib
Your doctor may prescribe blood thinners to help manage your heart condition. But if medication is no longer working for you, the WATCHMAN™ device may be an option. Talk to your doctor if you have problems with:
- Staying within the recommended blood clotting range
- Remembering to regularly take your AFib medicine
- Keeping regular blood test appointments
- Sticking to dietary restrictions, such as avoiding alcohol
- Handling side effects from the medication
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.