October 31, 2016
Orange Park, Florida - Orange Park Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in Clay County to offer the Watchman™ device, a new stroke risk reduction option and an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation or AFib.
The procedure was done by an expert team of cardiologists, Drs. Ibrahim, Al-Saghir, and DeNeen. “The Watchman™ is an important step forward in stroke management for patients with AFib,” said Cardiac Electrophysiologist Morhaf Ibrahim, MD. “This is a potentially life-changing treatment option that allows those who may not be suitable for long-term Warfarin therapy to have an alternative option,” added cardiologist Satish Geol, MD.
The Watchman™ device is implanted through the leg using a catheter-based system. The device is designed to permanently close off the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA), believed to be the source of a majority of stroke-causing blood clots.
Implanting the Watchman™ device is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour and is typically conducted with general cardiac anesthesia. Following the procedure, patients typically stay in the hospital 24 hours and, over time, some can discontinue long-term Warfarin therapy.
“This is a break-through option for AFib patients who are at an increased risk for stroke,” said Cardiologist Youssef Al-Saghir, MD. Andrea DeNeen, MD adds “Orange Park is proud to add another treatment option for patients suffering from non-valvular AFib.”
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
Orange Park Medical Center began offering the procedure to patients in late October.