Watchman device to prevent stroke resulting from non-valvular AFibApr 19, 2021
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common heart condition caused by an irregular heartbeat. The most worrisome complication of atrial fibrillation is stroke. Millions of Americans live with AFib today and are at increased risk of stroke compared to patients without AFib. In atrial fibrillation patients, a stroke is often caused when a blood clot leaves the heart and travels to the brain, lodging in a blood vessel. Ninety five percent of blood clots causing stroke in AFib patients originate from an outpouching of the left atrium called the left atrial appendage (LAA). Patients with AFib are prescribed blood thinners in order to help prevent stroke. Some patients cannot take blood thinners because of bleeding problems or lifestyle choices. For these patients, the Watchman™ Left Arial Appendage Closure Device is available to help prevent stroke resulting from blood clots that originate in the LAA. Full article here.