Carilion is grateful for the opportunity to be one of the select hospitals to provide a proven approach to reducing atrial fibrillation stroke risk, which may eliminate the need for blood thinners over time. This groundbreaking approach, called The WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant, is an innovative alternative to blood thinners, specifically Coumadin® (warfarin), and it can help reduce  atrial fibrillation stroke risk, as well as allow patients to stop taking blood thinners as soon as 45 days after the procedure.

The WATCHMAN Implant doesn’t require open heart surgery and is typically performed under general anesthesia, in our cardiac catheterization lab. Typically, patients stay in the hospital overnight and recovery takes about 24 hours. In most cases, patients can stop taking blood thinners 45 days after the procedure.

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Proven to reduce stroke risk in patients over time.
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