The device seals the LAA and prevents the … Now, 4 months later I have my third bleed. It depends on the type of leak noted and its felt significance. My mother has a history of congestive heart failure and has had multiple stents placed into her arteries. I also know this would require a lot of work to put one in place and it should be known that it would be only a first draft and a subject for many amendments. The clot may have been in the leg, or in the heart in the appendage. Should I consider a Watchman and if so what would i take for the 45 days after? and off the hematologist – is there a resistance to conventional blood thinning agents? I am deathly afraid of another bleed as the stomach tumor was cancerous and it seems that the Plavix is prone to aggravating tumors. The recommendation for watchman is to provide a mechanism of stroke prevention in those not candidates for blood thinner. Seems counterintuitive in my case—-cure involves what caused the need for it. Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device is an alternative to warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) at moderate to high risk for stroke and are not optimal candidates for long-term anticoagulation. The implant does not require open heart surgery and does not need to be replaced. Just now 4 days after implant of Watchman…..My premise from your input conversations is its” NOT WHAT YOU KNOW…. If she ultimately has the watchman then contrast would be required and premedication given prior to the procedure. Hello Dr. Ahmed: thank you for taking questions. Great question. 3. Bruising where the catheter was inserted in your groin. My grandmother had the watchman a couple of months ago. As things stand, the blood thinning medication Coumadin needs to be taken for 45 days after the procedure. If you aren’t happy with that, seek a second opinion. Let your watchman team know so they can advise you. The content on Healthgrades does not provide medical advice. Would the Watchman device help with the heart arrhythmia or is it only to reduce the risk of stroke from the arrhythmia and the lack of blood thinners? “The Watchman device, which has been implanted in more than 90,000 patients globally, continues to demonstrate a reduced risk of stroke and has … As things stand, use of blood thinner is the preferred treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation. When she coughs, many times bleeds. You will need to follow up with your doctor as scheduled, likely around 45 days after the procedure. HFpEF: Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction. Regardless, when it comes to stroke prevention strategy, it is an approved method and widely offered and hopefully over the next few years the data becomes more clear. etc. I live in North Carolina and my Electrophysiologist is Dr. Landers at Reidheart hospital. The Watchman Device is still attached to a delivery cord. In addition to specialty training for cardiovascular disease, this doctor also has board certification in the subspecialty of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. My Dr. recomended. Specifically, it is a parachute-shaped, self-expanding device that is placed in the opening of the LAA. The tube is passed from the right to the left side of the heart by puncturing the wall between the right and left side of the heart known as the inter-atrial septum. Findings from three Cleveland Clinic real-world studies suggest a wider range of patients stand to benefit from the left atrial appendage closure device. Tonya my husband has not had this procedure done but has had an artificial heart valve taking Warfarin. If unsure you should seek a second opinion from an implanting site. This then allows patients at high risk of stroke to stop blood thinner while still being at low risk of having a stroke. I would like to know if there is a maintenance that needs to be done after 6 months or so. I just started researching both as we wait for the appointment. I have not personally seen an infection from one, however theoretically its possible, fever would be a main sign as opposed to chest pain. A Watchman is an automated oil monitoring device which is fitted in your tank and sends a radio signal to a digital readout in your home. I also have diversion colitis as a result of a bowel perforation and subsequent colostomy, and when initially put on Xarelto after my first a-fib event in 2008, I had increased rectal bleeding, so of all the blood-thinner medications available, the ones being considered are: resuming Coumadin, or Eliquis or Pradaxa. The watchman is not known as things stand to have an effect on blood pressure. Both MDs within same group. We are both feeling better about it now. It seems to be a difficult situation and the first step in this case would be to consult with a neurologist and a hematologist. He had blood work done & he is continuing to bleed. I take warfarin now which is not easy to keep at 2. As far as a checklist goes, don’t concern yourself with it, rather choose a team you are comfortable with, with skills and experience. I’m concerned about the other blood thinning meds as at 84 years of age my skin and supporting structures already bruise easily with the Eliquis. Prior the watchman procedure in July his blood work was completely normal. The watchman has been around for several years and experienced teams have performed this with excellent safety profile. If there is damage, then this can usually be taken care of without too much difficulty. I would like to ask how long has these procedures been being performed and is there a need for regular maintenance check after? It is now a month since that incident, and I have been off of Coumadin the entire time. My mother has AFIB & Histoplasmosis with calcified lymph nodes in the lung. Patients can safely go through metal detectors. Do you know of anyone doing a ‘gene’ study that is studying/following patients with afib and failed control by ‘blood thinners’. you can follow our twitter at @MustafaAhmedMD, [email protected]. My brother is checking in to having this done. She appears to have reasonable rationale to pursue alternatives to blood thinning medication such as the Watchman device. Read our medical disclaimer. Historically patients with atrial fibrillation that were considered to be of a high stroke risk were treated with blood thinning medications such as Coumadin / Warfarin to reduce stroke risk. The Watchman Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure performed through the vessels of the leg. Transcatheter Mitral Valve In Ring Procedure - TMVIR. A heart team for the Watchman Device typically includes interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, imaging specialists and other specialists to work in combination. The most important part of the procedure is the pre procedural evaluation. A friend died from them when he fell. My pressure stays normal and He was then put on Lovenox. Does it seal by itself? You have to at least be able to tolerate warfarin for 45 days after the procedure during the endothelialization process. J Vis Exp. Is this an appropriate response to a hemorrhagic stroke? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Is Plavix equivalent to Coumadin? Do I start with him to get an evaluation or do I look for someone on my own through you? The recommendation for the use of the Watchman device is based on evidence gathered over many years and in thousands and thousands of patients. The Watchman does not treat the atrial fibrillation itself but is rather a procedure that reduces the risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation, Nguyen stressed. Taking them for occasional silent paroxysmal a fib. Her labs, chest xray, 12 lead and echo are normal except for the Afib. The WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device for Atrial Fibrillation. I had no blood clots before the Watchman device insertion. My question is does Medicare pay for this procedure? As with many medical procedures, implanting a WATCHMAN device comes with some risks. Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have, such as to an anesthetic or latex. The reason for the blood thinner is that it was the protocol used in the safety trial and is felt to prevent any thrombus formation on the device while it undergoes a process called endothelialization. Surgeons generally implant the Watchman device through a small incision in the groin area. Almost immediately the doc blamed the hemorrhage on the Xarelto which was stopped immediately in the ER due to his brain bleed. Must she have imaging that relies on iodine or will a straight echocardiogram work to help her decide. The video below shows the three main appendage types. Dr. Ahmed is an interventional cardiologist and Director of Structural Heart Disease at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. That was over 3 years ago, I can bleed easy without anything. Essentially if correctly done, the procedure should last lifelong with regards to occlusion of the left atrial appendage. My mom has chads score of 5, but was a little worried when her cardiologist suggested the watchman. I believe she has a sensitivity to any blood thinners, will she be a good candidate being that she would have to take Warafin for 45 days post op. I will ask my Dr’s the same question but would like to try and know most answers before my consultation in 2 weeks. The watchman in my opinion isn’t an alternative to anticoagulation in candidates for such. Should I seek another heart doctor? The good news is that with an extensive procedural checklist in place to ensure the device is stable, this complication hardly ever occurs. 3 Boston cientic, (ePatient uide (P)Template, 8in x 8in, 9642526 AA), eP, Watchman, EN, 9743933-2A Black E 5. In total there were only 3 procedure related deaths, which is 0.078%. The watchman device is not a contraindication to heart surgery. Will have consult re watchman. Questions should focus around risk to benefit of the procedure, team experience and outcomes, and post procedural protocol. Thirdly, there must be appropriate rationale to seek a non-pharmacologic alternative to warfarin, taking into account the safety and effectiveness of the Watchman Device compared to warfarin. Had a pacemaker put on R because they could not access the L side due do poor vessels. Once that has been determined then other tests are performed to assess suitability for implantation of the Watchman Device. What If You Have Mild Congestive Heart Failure? A doc has suggested that he have the watchman procedure. Disclaimer. In most cases pre treatment with certain meds can prevent reactions. It is extremely lightweight. My husband had double bypass after a heart cath, no heart attack, went into again after heart bypass brought back into rhythm with meds, found back in a fib no symptoms, put on pradaxa, then several years later a gastric bypass, continued on pradaxa, 16 months later had stroke, been on wafarin since, dr performed tee to try cardio version, found clots in atrial, now recommend possible watchman device, his inr levels do not seem to stay constant suggested get own machine to check inr, cannot take aspirin or time release meds due to gastric surgery, will watchman be good alternative. Given the large amount of people we have been able to help here, we are starting a twitter to help keep heart patients up to date with advances and relevant information. This is because it is felt that until this time the device has not been covered by the body’s own lining and so there is still risk of clot formation. Are You a Candidate for the Maze Procedure? And what can be done about it? He has had endoscopy, colonoscopy, and various other tests to find where blood loss is. Initially the Watchman Heart team evaluates each patient with atrial fibrillation and determines the suitability on a case-by-case basis. Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS. Any deviation from that although possible would need to be discussed with the treating team. These may include: Side effects from general anesthesia, such as an allergic reaction, confusion, or nausea, Serious bleeding due to the device, typically within the first six months. When we are determining stroke risk for atrial fibrillation patients we use scoring systems known as the CHADS2 score or the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Great article, easy to understand. WATCHMAN LAA Closure Technology - P130013. I just had another TEE and there is blood passing the device. 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