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WATCHMAN™ For Professionals

The Region’s Only Provider of the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device Procedure.  

The Heart Hospital’s Structural Heart Program is pleased to offer the implant-based WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Device procedure. This minimally invasive procedure provides an alternative treatment to long-term anticoagulants for the prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Indications For UseWatchman Device

The WATCHMAN™ Device is indicated to reduce the risk of thromboembolism from the LAA in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who:
  • Are at an increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism based on CHADS2 or CHA2DS2- VASc scores and are recommended for anticoagulation therapy,
  • Are deemed to be suitable for short-term (at least 45 days), but not long-term, warfarin therapy, and
  • Have an appropriate rationale to seek a nonpharmacologic alternative to warfarin, taking into account the safety and effectiveness of the device compared to warfarin.

   
 

What To Expect

  • Implantation is performed as an inpatient procedure and under general anesthesia.
  • It takes about an hour to complete the procedure, which requires transfemoral access and transseptal puncture.
  • The patient requires an overnight stay in the hospital (24 hours), and follow-up office visits are required.
  • Following the procedure, the patient stays on warfarin for a minimum of 45 days (until endotheliazation of the device).
  • When warfarin ceases, clopidogrel is initiated for six months, and the patient remains on aspirin indefinitely.

For Referrals

Download the WATCHMAN™ Information Flyer

Physician Referral Form 


Our Expert Physician Team

The Heart Hospital’s WATCHMAN ™ implant team includes echocardiographers, interventional cardiologists, cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons and anesthesiologists.  If you have questions, call our structural heart coordinator, Cynthia Ansbro at 812-842-4509

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