For millions of patients around the world, living with AFib can cause constant worry about the possibility of a blood clot leading to a stroke. Until recently, the only way to mitigate this risk has been via long-term drug treatments with warfarin or a similar product. For many patients living with AFib, there may now be a better alternative thanks to the incredible WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device, now being offered by Dr. Dilip Mathew and Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A.
What is the revolutionary WATCHMAN procedure?
The WATCHMAN procedure is designed to insert the WATCHMAN Device directly at the opening of the left atrial appendage. Once it has been inserted, the device anchors itself securely to the heart tissue at ten different points, and the unique mesh covering conforms exactly to the to the atrial appendage in order to close the gap. The device is inserted into the left atrial appendage with the help of the specially engineered WATCHMAN Access Sheath, which utilizes a catheter to deliver the mechanism quickly and precisely. The WATCHMAN Device is still relatively new to the market, yet it has been implanted in over 10,000 patients across the globe already.
Who is qualified to receive the WATCHMAN Device?
Specifically, those patients who are already undergoing warfarin therapy or who are suitable candidates for warfarin and are seeking a long-term solution to increased risk of blood clots without the use of pharmaceuticals may be eligible for WATCHMAN. A qualified cardiac electrophysiologist will be able to assess the pros and cons of warfarin therapy versus the WATCHMAN procedure with each individual patient.
How will the procedure affect your quality of life?
If you are living with a heart arrhythmia, you know how significantly pharmacological blood thinners can impact your quality of life. Most of the available drugs require frequent blood testing for use, and there are also dietary restrictions that are recommended by doctors when taking these treatments. By successfully undergoing the WATCHMAN procedure, you may be able to transition off of warfarin therapy and enjoy a life with more freedom and a reduced risk of damaging blood clots.
Discover if WATCHMAN is right for you
Dr. Dilip Mathew is proud to announce the offering of this incredible procedure as an option for his patients, and he hopes that many who are suffering from an irregular heartbeat and increased risk of stroke can change their lives with this safe and effective treatment. If you want to explore whether the WATCHMAN procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A., and Dr. Mathew can assess your personal situation and recommend options for you. Thanks to WATCHMAN, living with AFib just got a little easier.