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The Watchman Reduces Risk of Stroke

The Watchman is a new device used at Lexington Medical Center that can dramatically reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm. Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talked about The Watchman in this WLTX interview.

 

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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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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.