Blood thinners, also called anticoagulants, are an effective way to lower the risk of stroke in people with AFib not caused by heart valve problems.1 Common blood thinners include warfarin (also known as Coumadin®), Eliquis®, Pradaxa®, Xarelto®, and Savaysa®.
For people who need an alternative to blood thinners, there are procedures that close off the LAA to keep blood clots from escaping. This is how the WATCHMAN Implant works.
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Most people can take blood thinners for years without serious side effects. But because blood thinners help prevent clots by thinning the blood, they also increase the risk of bleeding.1
Some bleeding events are minor and easily treated, like a cut taking longer than normal to stop bleeding. In other cases, bleeding can be serious and require medical help or blood transfusions. Sometimes, the bleeding can be life-threatening, such as when bleeding in the brain causes a stroke.
When considering your treatment options, your cardiologist will weigh your risk of a stroke against your risk of a serious bleeding problem. These risks depend on several factors—for some people the risk of bleeding is higher than for others.1
If you have a history of bleeding or a lifestyle, occupation, or condition that puts you at risk for bleeding, WATCHMAN may be right for you.
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It’s important to understand that, like blood thinners, WATCHMAN does not cure AFib. But it does offer people with AFib not caused by heart valve problems a potentially life-changing alternative to taking daily blood thinners long term.