The WATCHMAN device is a small implant placed into the heart that can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of stroke, mainly due to clots that form in a small chamber in the top of the heart known as the left atrial appendage (LAA).

Concerned about your bleeding risk?

If you have atrial fibrillation and you take a blood thinner to reduce your stroke risk, you’re probably aware of the bleeding risks that come with your medication. A procedure to seal off your LAA can reduce your risk of stroke and eliminate the need to take blood-thinning medication.

What can I expect during my WATCHMAN procedure at St. Charles?

Once you are referred to the St. Charles Structural Heart team by your cardiologist, our team works together to perform diagnostic and pre-procedure testing. We then collaborate on a multidisciplinary review of your case to determine if the WATCHMAN procedure your health and well-being. 

During a one-time procedure, the structural heart team at St. Charles will implant a parachute-shaped, self-expanding about the size of a quarter into the left atrial appendage of your heart via a small cut in your upper leg. 

The device is designed to permanently close the LAA, preventing blood clots from escaping and causing strokes. The implant procedure takes an hour and patients are typically released home the following day.

Restoring healthy hearts

When you need help with a heart valve replacement or repair, our team of structural heart experts is here to help restore your heart to good health, and a future filled with possibilities. 

If you think you may be suffering from a structural heart condition, please consult your cardiologist or primary care doctor right away and learn how St. Charles can help.