The WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device helps reduce the risk of stroke by deploying a small implant to prevent blood clots from entering the bloodstream. It is a first-of-its-kind alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
Because strokes for patients with atrial fibrillation are more frequently fatal and disabling, WATCHMAN may be considered as a treatment option, especially in cases where warfarin is not well tolerated. The WATCHMAN is FDA approved with more than 10,000 implants performed worldwide.
Patients with atrial fibrillation are five times more likely to have a stroke, and strokes in these types of patients are the number-one cause of long-term disability and third-leading cause of death. In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, more than 90 percent of stroke-causing clots that come from the left atrium are formed in the left atrial appendage.
Am I a Candidate for WATCHMAN?
You may be a candidate for WATCHMAN if you are:
- Diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation
- At increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism and are recommended for anticoagulation therapy.
- Deemed by your physician to be suitable for warfarin
- Are looking for an alternative to warfarin, taking into account the safety and effectiveness of the device compared to the medication
Talk with your doctor or call our Structural Heart Scheduler at 904.202.9500 to learn more about WATCHMAN or make an appointment at our Valve Clinic.
WATCHMAN Procedure Video
The WATCHMAN device helps reduce stroke by closing off the left atrial appendage. This video explains how the procedure is performed and the device used.
The Valve Clinic at Baptist offers expert diagnosis and care from a multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive techniques. This team uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment planning called a Valve Conference, where details of each case are discussed to create the best plan for the patient.
Led by Ruby Satpathy, MD, FACC, FSCAI, our Valve Clinic is conveniently located in the offices of Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Jacksonville to provide patients with complex valve conditions a single location where they can be seen by multiple specialists without having to make multiple appointments.
To request an appointment, call our Structural Heart Scheduler during business hours at 904.202.9500.