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It's not a pill. It's called WATCHMAN

  

The WATCHMAN Difference

WATCHMAN offers an alternative to the lifelong use of warfarin for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular AFib). 

This permanent heart implant effectively reduces the risk of stroke—without the risk of bleeding that can come with the long-term use of warfarin (the most common blood thinner).1,2 What’s more, WATCHMAN can eliminate the regular blood tests and food-and-drink restrictions that come with warfarin. (Warfarin is also known as Coumadin®.) 

In a clinical trial, 9 out of 10 people were able to stop taking warfarin just 45 days after the WATCHMAN procedure.1

  

Connect with WATCHMAN

Questions? You can talk to us by phone. Call a WATCHMAN education specialist. 

 1-844-324-5812

Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5:30PM Central Time

  

  

  

Speak with a Patient Ambassador

Patient Ambassadors are a community of people that have received the WATCHMAN implant and have volunteered to share their personal experiences with potential patients.

Interested in joining the Patient Ambassador Community?

Call 1-844-324-5812

  

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Finding a WATCHMAN Medical Center

More than 250 of the nation’s top medical centers are now implanting WATCHMAN. If you and your cardiologist decide that WATCHMAN is right for you, you may be referred to one of these centers.

At the medical center you and your cardiologist select, a team of trained specialists will implant WATCHMAN in your heart. About 45 days after your procedure, one of the specialists will check your heart to see whether you can stop taking warfarin.

It’s important to understand that neither WATCHMAN nor blood thinners cure atrial fibrillation (AFib) or its symptoms, like irregular heart rhythm. After getting the WATCHMAN Implant, you’ll continue to see your cardiologist to manage your AFib.

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NEXT: Updates & Resources

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. 

References:

  1. Holmes DR Jr, Kar S, Price MJ, et al. Prospective randomized evaluation of the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure device in patients with atrial fibrillation versus long-term warfarin therapy: the PREVAIL trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64(1):1-12.