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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.

How to Know if You’re a Candidate for the WATCHMAN FLX

With the WATCHMAN FLX implant, one minimally invasive procedure reduces your stroke risk and can alleviate worries for life. Are you someone who qualifies for WATCHMAN device implantation? Contact our team at 844-235-6555 to learn more if three or more of the following apply to you.

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  • Don’t Ignore Heart Attack or Stroke Symptoms

    Atrial Fibrillation

    If you have atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem or you have been prescribed a blood thinner for AFib (aspirin is not a blood thinner).

  • Three or More of These Conditions

    • Abnormal kidney (renal) function
    • Abnormal liver function
    • Cancer
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Dementia or Alzheimer’s
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
    • Stroke, mini-stroke or thromboembolism
    • Vascular disease
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    You’ve Experienced Side Effects of Blood Thinners

    • Major bleeding (GI bleeding in the brain or head)
    • Minor bleeding (nose bleeds or easy bruising)
    • Bleeding risk from other health conditions
    • Decreased stability or mobility
    • Avoiding hobbies or work that puts you at risk of falling
    • Missing activities because of fear of falling
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    Issues with Blood Thinners

    • Adverse side effects
    • Difficulty remembering to take your blood thinners
    • Difficulty staying within clotting range
    • Difficulty keeping regular INR blood testing appointments
    • Difficulty sticking to less than eight alcoholic drinks per week
    • Prolonged use of aspirin or NSAIDs
    • Other major issues

FAQs About the WATCHMAN Implant for AFib

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More About the WATCHMAN FLX™

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.