Dr. Ajit Janardhan, assisted by Dr. Anthony Al-Dehneh, performs first implantation in the Tri-County area.
Need an alternative to blood thinners? Ask your cardiologists about the Watchman device. It is a one-time procedure that reduces the risk of stroke in people with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation.
- The Watchman is a cone-shaped device that has a mesh membrane. The device is spring-loaded to expand to about the size of a quarter which fits into the opening of the Left Atrial Appendage.
- The meshing acts as a filter: it allows blood to pass through while stopping clots.
- The device is permanent. Heart tissue eventually grows over the device.
- The device is inserted through the femoral vein and passed through the septal wall into the Left atrium. The device is sized using (ICE) Intracardiac Echocardiography, TEE
- Most patients who have the device implanted can stop taking blood-thinning medications within 45 days.
For a physician referral, call (850) 864-0213.