Congratulations to the Cath Lab which has now completed 300 Watchman procedures at Salina Regional Health Center. 🎉 The Watchma...



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Congratulations to the Cath Lab which has now completed 300 Watchman procedures at Salina Regional Health Center. 🎉 The Watchman procedure benefits many patients as an alternative to long term use of blood thinners. Cardiologists began offering the procedure in 2017 for those with non valvular atrial fibrillation – a common heart rhythm disorder.

Patients with atrial fibrillation have a five times greater risk for stroke and are commonly prescribed blood thinners to prevent clots from forming in the left atrial appendage of the heart. Research shows that 90 to 95 percent of clots from atrial fibrillation form in the left atrial appendage.

The Watchman device from Boston Scientific closes the left atrial appendage where blood can pool and form clots. The implant is placed using a heart catheterization procedure similar to the way stents and balloons are used to open blocked arteries.
Many people experience adverse outcomes from being on blood thinners including varying forms of internal bleeding. Others, due to occupational risk or risk from falling, cannot take blood thinners because of the potential for internal bleeds associated with trauma. The device has been shown to be just as effective as warfarin (a common blood thinner) to prevent stroke.

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