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WATCHMAN™ is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure that permanently reduces stroke risk without the risks of blood thinner medications. The implant fits right into your left atrial appendage and is designed to permanently close it off and keep blood clots from escaping. This implant provides a safe, effective alternative to blood thinners.
Like many medical procedures, WATCHMAN™ comes with risks and is not right for everyone. Your provider can evaluate you to determine the right treatment for you.

An anatomical illustration of the heart, with a blue dash circle around the location of a left atrial appendage occlusion.

What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm. An irregular heart rhythm is called an arrhythmia. AFib can lead to blood clots in the heart. The condition also increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.

During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s upper chambers — called the atria — beat chaotically and irregularly. They beat out of sync with the lower heart chambers, called the ventricles. For many people, AFib may have no symptoms. But AFib may cause a fast, pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath, or light-headedness.

Information provided by Mayo Clinic

Watchman May Be Right for You If

  • You have a lifestyle, occupation, or health concern that puts you at risk for bleeding
  • You have had major bleeding while taking blood thinners
  • You have difficulty taking blood thinner as prescribed

Hear from WATCHMAN™ Patients

“It put me back to being who I was.”

Cliff lived an active life cycling and riding motorcycles until the fear of bleeding from blood thinners stopped him in his tracks. Hear how WATCHMAN™ put him back on the road to enjoying retirement to the fullest.

The most common questions about WATCHMAN™, answered by patients.

What’s the procedure like? Can you have WATCHMAN™ if you also have a stent? How is life different after WATCHMAN™? Seven people who left blood thinners behind answer questions like these.

Meet The Team

Maninder Bedi, MD
Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Jason Schott, DO
Interventional Cardiologist

Kaitlyn Mullenix, RN
Structural Heart Coordinator

Cassie Swick, RN
Structural Heart Coordinator

Learn More

For more information about WATCHMAN™, or to set up an initial appointment to see if it’s right for you, please contact either of our Structural Heart Coordinators at (740) 434-7768.

Patient Resources

Learn more about the WATCHMAN™ procedure with Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Department of Cardiology.

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