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WATCHMAN Implant Reduces AFib Stroke Risk

WATCHMAN Implant Reduces AFib Stroke Risk

At the Lima Memorial Health System Heart & Vascular Institute, we understand your concern about stroke risk if you experience atrial fibrillation (AFib). Those with atrial fibrillation are five-times more likely to have a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat, and taking blood thinners (anticoagulants), are a common and effective way to lower the risk of stroke if you have nonvalvular AFib.

If you are concerned about an increased risk of bleeding, taking blood thinners may not be an option that provides you with peace of mind. This is why the Lima Memorial Health System Heart & Vascular Institute offers the WATCHMAN implant as an alternative.

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

The WATCHMAN implant is placed in a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for those with nonvalvular AFib who need an alternative to blood thinners. The implant is about the size of a quarter and closes off the left atrial appendage, where 90% of stroke-causing clots form. By closing off this appendage, the blood clots cannot escape into the blood stream and lead to a stroke.   

See how the WATCHMAN implant works to help reduce stroke risk if you have nonvalvular AFib.


Is the WATCHMAN implant right for you?

If you have a history of bleeding or have a lifestyle, occupation or condition that can put you at risk for bleeding, the WATCHMAN implant may be an option for you.

To request a consultation, or if you have questions about the WATCHMAN implant and procedure, please call our Structural Heart Coordinator, Natalie Lammers, PA-C, at 419-998-4404.

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