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WATCHMAN Keeps Blood Clots Away
AFib increases the chances that you may form a clot, starting at the heart, which can travel to your brain and cause a stroke. The WATCHMAN is implanted into part of your heart (the atrium) to block off a small pouch (the left atrial appendage) where most of these blood clots form.
What to expect from the WATCHMAN
- Your risk of stroke is lowered significantly.
- It becomes a permanent part of your body and cannot be seen from outside of your body.
- You may be able to stop taking your blood-thinning medication.
What to Expect During the WATCHMAN Insertion Procedure?
The insertion does not require open heart surgery and takes less than an hour.You will need to have general anesthesia (medicine to go to sleep) for the procedure and will need to stay overnight in the hospital afterwards to recover.
Talk to your provider to find out if the WATCHMAN device might be right for you.