A 2013 study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology says more than 90 percent of patients implanted with The Watchman were able to stop taking blood thinning medication within 45 days of receiving the Watchman. After one year that figure jumps to 99 percent.
“The Watchman is a big step forward in our treatment of atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Reiss. “As many people know, atrial fibrillation is a chronic problem which is growing as our population ages.”
The Watchman procedure does not require open-heart surgery. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and lasts about an hour. Patients commonly don’t spend the night in the hospital and are safely monitored for signs of complications before being discharged. Recovery is relatively painless. After a few days of modified physical exertion, patients are usually able to resume their lives without restrictions.
PeaceHealth Southwest was among the first hospitals in the greater Portland-Vancouver area to offer The Watchman – and the team has safely and successfully implanted over 800 since late 2015.
Could The Watchman be right for you or a loved one? To explore this innovative non-invasive AF treatment option, visit peacehealth.org/hearthealth or contact the PeaceHealth Southwest Cardiology team at 360-514-4444.