On December 11th, Dr. Satish Tiyyagura implanted a Watchman device on a patient at Mount Sinai Hospital. This is a relatively new alternative treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation (commonly called a-fib) so that they can reduce their risk for stroke without being on a lifelong blood thinning medication.
About the WATCHMAN Implant
The WATCHMAN reduces the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. About the size of a quarter, WATCHMAN is a permanent implant that closes off a part of the heart where blood clots commonly form.
The WATCHMAN Implant can lower the risk of bleeding associated with the long-term use of blood thinners like Warfarin, allowing patients to stop using the medication.
Is WATCHMAN right for you?
You may be a candidate for WATCHMAN if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- Do you have atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem?
- Has your doctor recommended that you take a blood thinner for your AFib?
- Can you take Warfarin but need an alternative to long-term blood thinners for one of the reasons below?
- You have a history of serious bleeding while taking blood thinners.
- You have a lifestyle, occupation, or condition that puts you at risk for serious bleeding.
- You’re taking Warfarin and having trouble with your treatment plan, and a different type of blood thinner isn’t an option for you.
If you think this describes you, contact Heart and Vascular North Jersey at (201) 475- 5050 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tiyyagura and learn more about this new procedure.