Lower your risk of stroke with WATCHMAN™

Heart doctors at Ascension hospitals in Michigan use the WATCHMAN™ device to help lower the risk of stroke in patients with AFib.

WATCHMAN™ Procedure in Michigan

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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 hospitals in Michigan 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.

For more information or to request an appointment:

Ascension Genesys Hospital Structural Health Clinic
Please call Sharon Zielinski at 810-606-5567 or email sharon.zielinski@ascension.org

Ascension Providence Heart Institute Structural Heart Clinic at Southfield or Novi
Please call Nicole Zakhem, Nurse Practitioner, at 248-849-3583

Ascension St. John Hospital Structural Heart Clinic
Please call Patrick Troy, Nurse Practitioner and Valve Clinic Coordinator at 313-343-4886 or email Patrick.Troy@ascension.org

Ascension Borgess Structural Heart Clinic
Please call Michelle Miller, Nurse Practitioner, Borgess Heart Institute Office at 269-226-5050 or email Michelle.Miller3@ascension.org

Ascension St. Mary's Hospital Structural Heart Clinic
Please call Brandi Horgan, RN, Structural Heart Nurse Navigator at 989-907-8080 or email Brandi.Horgan@ascension.org