Watchman Procedure

A one-time procedure that may reduce stroke risk for a lifetime in people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem.

The WATCHMAN Difference
WATCHMAN reduces stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem.  It works differently from blood thinners like warfarin.  WATCHMAN is a permanent implant that closes off a part of the heart where blood clots commonly form.

In a clinical trial, 9 out of 10 people were able to stop taking warfarin just 45 days after getting WATCHMAN. At one year, 99 out of 100 people were able to stop taking warfarin. This can lower the risk of bleeding associated with the long-term use of blood thinners like warfarin.

Is WATCHMAN right for you?

You may be a candidate for WATCHMAN if you can answer yes to the following questions:

  • Do you have atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem?
  • Has your doctor recommended that you take a blood thinner for your AFib?
  • Can you take warfarin but need an alternative to long-term blood thinners for one of the reasons below?
    • You have a history of serious bleeding while taking blood thinners
    • You have a lifestyle, occupation, or condition that puts you at risk for serious bleeding
    • You’re taking warfarin and having trouble with your treatment plan, and a different type of blood thinner isn’t an option for you

If you think this describes you, then talk to your cardiologist about WATCHMAN.

Learn more about WATCHMAN

For more information, call a patient education specialist at (225) 214-7730.