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WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device 

What can cause a sudden stroke? Something as simple as a blood clot traveling through your bloodstream to your brain.

Now, imagine a device as small as a quarter working to keep that from happening.

watchman device photoIt’s called the WATCHMAN™, a permanent implant that may help people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood to collect and may cause a blood clot.

If you have AFib, you are not alone. Some 2.7 million people in the United States also suffer from this disease - the most common form of irregular heart rhythm. The facts of having AFib are sobering: You are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat, according to the American Stroke Association.

But with the WATCHMAN™ in place, not only can it help prevent a stroke it may offer you an alternative to taking blood thinners.

It requires a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Your doctor will insert the device into your heart via a catheter through a vein in your upper leg, similar to a stent procedure.

Watchman Device Photo 2Once inside your heart’s left atrial appendage, it opens up like an umbrella to block blood clots from entering your bloodstream. 

Following the procedure, patients typically need to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. 

Your dedicated healthcare team at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital’s Institute for Cardiac Arrhythmia will work with you to evaluate whether a non-drug alternative to blood thinners, such as the WATCHMAN™, makes sense for you. Together, you will develop an individualized treatment plan that embraces your medical history, risk factors and personal preferences.

Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital is a national leader in the use of the WATCHMAN™ closure device and has been ranked among the top sites for the number of devices implanted. That’s because our team of skilled physicians have been working with the device for several years, including during the clinical studies leading up to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. 

Expert Care With A Personal Touch

At Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, we take a patient-centered, collaborative approach to provide the best outcomes. Our unique care includes assigning each patient a dedicated Nurse Navigator who is an acute care nurse practitioner. This means:
  • Your Nurse Navigator will guide you through the entire care process, from scheduling appointments to providing education for the family.
  • You will always see a familiar face and can reach your Nurse Navigator.
  • Your Nurse Navigator will provide continuity of care after your procedure, with follow ups at 30 days and also one year.

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