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A Better Way to Treat Blood Clots

A blood clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism. This potentially dangerous condition can cause shortness of breath and damage to the heart. Cardiologists at Lexington Medical Center are using an innovative treatment called EKOS to treat the condition. The patients have included a Lexington County mother in her mid-thirties who never imagined she’d have a blood clot. Meet her and learn about the procedure in this WIS-TV Health U report.


The Watchman Reduces Stroke Risk

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The Watchman is a new device that can dramatically reduce the risk of stroke in patients with a type of abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). Patients with A-Fib have a higher risk of blood clots. Often, these clots form in the left atrial appendage of the heart. The clot can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The Watchman works by closing off the appendage to prevent blood clots there.

Dr. William Brabham of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center practice, talked about The Watchman in this WIS-TV interview this week.


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