The AFib–Stroke Risk Connection is an educational event that covers what it means to have AFib, as well as treatment options for reducing your stroke risk, including the WATCHMAN Implant. The format is casual—an information session, followed by an open Q&A. It's the perfect opportunity to hear from an expert physician who works with AFib patients like you and to ask your most pressing questions. You'll also meet other people with AFib, who are looking for answers too.
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Here's what you should know about the WATCHMAN Implant and procedure.
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Hear from a team of doctors who implant WATCHMAN and see inside the procedure room.
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Marjorie Giovannoni had a history of stroke and was at risk of bleeding on blood thinners.
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Billy Stacy had a history of internal bleeding on blood thinners.
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WATCHMAN is for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem who need an alternative to warfarin. This website is intended to provide patients and caregivers with some information about the WATCHMAN Implant. It may help prepare you for talking to your doctor about your options for reducing stroke risk.
Important Safety Information
The WATCHMAN Device is a permanent implant designed to close the left atrial appendage in the heart in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke.
With all medical procedures there are risks associated with the implant procedure and the use of the device. The risks include but are not limited to accidental heart puncture, air embolism, allergic reaction, anemia, anesthesia risks, arrhythmias, AV (Arteriovenous) fistula, bleeding or throat pain from the TEE (Trans Esophageal Echo) probe, blood clot or air bubbles in the lungs or other organs, bruising at the catheter insertion site, clot formation on the WATCHMAN™ Closure Device, cranial bleed, excessive bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, groin puncture bleed, hypotension, infection/pneumonia, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary vein obstruction, renal failure, stroke, thrombosis and transient ischemic attack. In rare cases death can occur.
Be sure to talk with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the WATCHMAN Device.