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The Watchman

Lexington Medical Center‘s comprehensive cardiovascular program continues to use the best technology available to treat heart disease.

The Watchman

The hospital has begun to use a device called the Watchman™ to help reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood properly. In these patients, blood can pool in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage and form a clot. If the clot travels to another part of the body, it can cut off blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke. The Watchman blocks the appendage. It may also eliminate the need for patients to take a blood thinner.

See how doctors implant the Watchman in this video below.


To learn more about Lexington Medical Center’s cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/Heart.