Small Device, Big Difference
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), you know this common heart rhythm disorder comes with an increased risk for stroke. That’s why we help AFib patients who’re at risk of stroke live confidently with a device called the WATCHMAN FLX™.
The FLX is a small, parachute-shaped device that’s about the size of a quarter. While it doesn’t treat arrhythmias like AFib, it closes off the left atrial appendage, so blood clots cannot form there and travel into the bloodstream and brain to cause a stroke. Because more than 90% of stroke-causing blood clots come from the heart in people with non-valvular AFib, closing off the left atrial appendage can reduce the risk of stroke and, over time, allow patients to stop taking blood thinners. The WATCHMAN FLX is considered an alternative to anticoagulation medication and a lasting solution.
FAQs About the WATCHMAN Implant for AFib
- How do I know if I have AFib?
- What happens during the WATCHMAN device procedure?
- What happens after the WATCHMAN surgery?
- Is the WATCHMAN safer than blood thinners?
- How effective is the WATCHMAN?
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DISCLAIMER: The WATCHMAN™ and WATCHMAN FLX™ devices are permanent implants designed to close the left atrial appendage in the heart in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke.
With all medical procedures there are risks associated with the implant procedure and the use of the device. The risks include but are not limited to accidental heart puncture, air embolism, allergic reaction, anemia, anesthesia risks, arrhythmias, AV (Arteriovenous) fistula, bleeding or throat pain from the TEE (Trans Esophageal Echo) probe, blood clot or air bubbles in the lungs or other organs, bruising at the catheter insertion site, clot formation on the device, cranial bleed, excessive bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, groin puncture bleed, hypotension, infection/pneumonia, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary vein obstruction, renal failure, stroke, thrombosis, transient ischemic attack and, in some rare cases, death.
Be sure to talk with your doctor so you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the device.