Memorial Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Northeast Florida to offer the Watchman™ device, a new stroke risk reduction option and an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation or AFib.
The Watchman™ device is implanted through the leg using a catheter-based system. The device is designed to permanently close off the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA), believed to be the source of a majority of stroke-causing blood clots.
Implanting the Watchman™ device is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour and is typically conducted with general anesthesia. Following the procedure, patients typically stay in the hospital 24 hours and, over time, some can discontinue long-term warfarin therapy.
To learn more or to see if you are a candidate, call (904) 702-AFIB.