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WATCHMAN™ Procedure

Cardiovascular Care for Decreasing Stroke Risk

Independence Health System is committed to providing innovative cardiovascular care, which is why we offer the WATCHMANTM implant device for decreasing stroke risk. Our team is proud to present this groundbreaking technology to patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by heart valve issues.


WATCHMANTM is a one-time, permanent implant that lowers stroke risks in individuals with non-valvular AFib. This device can be an alternative to long-term blood thinners, thereby reducing the risk of bleeding complications. As a safer approach to managing AFib-related stroke risk, WATCHMANTM can also eliminate the need for regular blood tests and food or drink restrictions that come with warfarin usage.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

The procedure involves implanting the WATCHMANTM device via a small tube inserted through a vein in your leg. It typically takes about an hour, and patients generally stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Recovery time varies, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days. Post-procedure, patients are prescribed a short-term course of blood thinners until the heart tissue grows over the device.

In a clinical trial, 96% of patients were able to discontinue their blood thinners within 45 days following the procedure.

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At Independence Health System, we prioritize patient safety and comfort during all procedures. Our team of skilled specialists will guide you through the process, ensuring you understand all aspects of your treatment plan.

Please contact us for more information about the WATCHMANTM implant device and how it can change the way you approach AFib management.

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