We use a Watchman implant procedure to lower the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation. If you have AFib, Watchman offers you a long-term alternative to using anticoagulants such as warfarin.
The Watchman device is a small implant that’s placed into the left atrial appendage — a small sac in the top-left chamber of your heart where most stroke-causing clots form. Plugging the left atrial appendage helps reduce the risk of clots forming there.
If your doctor determines that your Watchman procedure has been effective, you’ll be told when you can stop taking blood thinners to reduce your risk of stroke from AFib.