Guthrie is home to the region’s most experienced heart team. Our interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists provide comprehensive care for heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation – innovative treatments such as WATCHMAN.
What is aFib?
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a common irregular heart rhythm in the top chambers (or atria) of the heart.
AFib affects your heart’s ability to pump blood, causing blood to pool in the left atrial appendage of the heart. This blood can form a clot, which can travel anywhere throughout the body. When a clot travels to the brain, it can cut off blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke.
Blood thinners are typically used to prevent blood clots from forming in the left atrial appendage "LAA", but they do carry risks:
- Increased risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding
- Many patients have difficulty staying on a blood thinner due to their health history or lifestyle
What is WATCHMAN?
WATCHMAN is a minimally invasive procedure that involves implanting a permanent medical device into the LAA, preventing blood clots from forming. Benefits of this procedure include:
- Similar reduction in stroke as blood thinners
- Compared with blood thinners, less risk of bleeding, stroke and death
Who is WATCHMAN for?
You are a candidate for WATCHMAN if you:
- Have AFib.
- Have been recommended or are currently taking blood thinners for Afib.
- Can take a blood thinner but are seeking an alternative
To schedule a consultation or to make a referral, call us at 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743).