Left Atrial Appendage Occluder Device
If you suffer from atrial fibrillation not due to a heart valve problem, you don't have to travel far for innovative heart treatment.
The left atrial appendage, or LAA, is a sac inside your heart. Blood is pumped out the LAA and the left atrium into the left ventricle. Atrial fibrillation causes an irregular heart beat. This can cause blood to get trapped in the LAA and form a clot. When the blood clot gets pumped out of the heart, it can cause a stroke.
A left atrial appendage occluder device may be the best option for you. It does not require open-heart surgery and permanently closes off the LAA so blood clots don't form. The experienced team at Bronson Methodist Hospital uses the WATCHMAN Implant to close off the LAA. It is the only device on the market that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Learn how this device can help stop blood clots and reduce your risk of stroke.
Trust the experienced team of heart doctors
Our team consists of a wide range of specialists including cardiologists and electrophysiologist, who all work closely with you. Our goal is to always have a treatment plan that is both coordinated and personalized to fit the best possible outcome for you.
Learn if WATCHMAN is right for you
You may be a candidate for a left atrial appendage occluder device if you have 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 atrial fibrillation?
- 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 your 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 WATCHMAN might be for your, talk to one of our cardiac specialists. Click here to learn more about the implant.