Watchman device

Posted by phoenix1647 @phoenix1647, Jan 1, 2021

I was to have a watchman device implanted on Dec 22.2020. The procedure was a failure in that out of 3 devices, none would seal off the opening. Very disappointed in this. Surgeon said the rep from the makers told him they are coming out with newer devices that will be more flexable sometime in Feb, Mar, Apr timeframe. I am on the list to get one of those. The procedure itself was full of surprises for me. Please make sure you know what is going to happen in your procedure.

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@starfirey2k

I just started to approach this device with the cardio doc who is a EP, and will see what it brings? I am wanting to get off the blood thinners, so I can take other types of meds as well. thanks and hope you get through this, feel better soon.

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I wish you well. The hole in my LAA is an odd shape and my EP is wanting to do a few more of the Watchman FLX before he does mine. For me, it is very frustrating. I am not one for sitting around and waiting. If it has to be done, let's get it over with. I can not take blood thinners due to my internal bleeding issues. If there is any way I can be of help just let me know. I think most hospitals have the same way of doing this procedure so you should be well prepared for what is going to happen. Go in with a clear mind, trust in your team and you will be OK. One step at a time. Please, keep us posted on your journey. Best of luck.

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Did a stress test today. I lasted a whole 10 minutes on the treadmill. The nurse promised me she was not going to make me run…then the machine decided I needed to run…I bailed off. A cardiologist came in and looked at the strip and stated he saw "some abnormalities" and made some comment about a drop in blood pressure. He took the strip and said he wants to study it a bit more and will make his report. So now, I am on a monitor for two weeks. Still waiting on the EP surgeon to decide what he wants to do about putting in the Watchman FLX. I hate waiting.

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The watchman is just to replace blood thinners, but dies not help AFIB, correct?

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Hi @cturner01,
The watchman device is used to close off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). It can be an alternative to blood thinners, but it's main function is to prevent blood clots from being thrown from the LAA that would cause a stroke in people with AFib. Overall it does not prevent AFib from happening.

Here is a good article that explains it in detail. https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/watchman-device-treating-atrial-fibrillation-afib

@cturner01, do you currently have AFib?

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@amandaa

Hi @cturner01,
The watchman device is used to close off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). It can be an alternative to blood thinners, but it's main function is to prevent blood clots from being thrown from the LAA that would cause a stroke in people with AFib. Overall it does not prevent AFib from happening.

Here is a good article that explains it in detail. https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/watchman-device-treating-atrial-fibrillation-afib

@cturner01, do you currently have AFib?

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Thank you for this information.

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@starfirey2k

All of the input here is very good to help as well with my decision to pursue the watchman device, thank you all.

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@amandaa

Hi @cturner01,
The watchman device is used to close off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). It can be an alternative to blood thinners, but it's main function is to prevent blood clots from being thrown from the LAA that would cause a stroke in people with AFib. Overall it does not prevent AFib from happening.

Here is a good article that explains it in detail. https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/watchman-device-treating-atrial-fibrillation-afib

@cturner01, do you currently have AFib?

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Yes – diagnosed as chronic or permanent.

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@cturner01

Yes – diagnosed as chronic or permanent.

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Welcome to the group. I have had AFIB for a lot of years now. In my early years with this condition, I did like a lot of folks does. I just blew it off. Mine wasn't real bad at first. Then back around 2004 I had two sessions that lasted 7+ hours and 4+ hours. Spent a few days in hospital. They did almost every test you could think of and found nothing. It became and still is very frustrating. So now, I am waiting on my second attempt at the Watchman. If the second one fails, I do not know what route I will go. Please, take the time to read all the posts in this thread, do lots of research, talk to you medical team.

I keep hearing about "silent AFIB" and can find almost nothing about it. So I keep looking for answers and waiting on doctors. It is very frustrating for me because I do not like the waiting part. I am one of those people that want to get it done. Hope all works out well for you. If you have questions, please ask.

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@phoenix1647

Welcome to the group. I have had AFIB for a lot of years now. In my early years with this condition, I did like a lot of folks does. I just blew it off. Mine wasn't real bad at first. Then back around 2004 I had two sessions that lasted 7+ hours and 4+ hours. Spent a few days in hospital. They did almost every test you could think of and found nothing. It became and still is very frustrating. So now, I am waiting on my second attempt at the Watchman. If the second one fails, I do not know what route I will go. Please, take the time to read all the posts in this thread, do lots of research, talk to you medical team.

I keep hearing about "silent AFIB" and can find almost nothing about it. So I keep looking for answers and waiting on doctors. It is very frustrating for me because I do not like the waiting part. I am one of those people that want to get it done. Hope all works out well for you. If you have questions, please ask.

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I had afib. Tried 2 ablations. After the 2nd it got worse. I had it 24/7. Went to Cleveland clinic. I am now on Tikosyn for 2 years and no longer suffer with it. Good luck

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@rkuz

I had afib. Tried 2 ablations. After the 2nd it got worse. I had it 24/7. Went to Cleveland clinic. I am now on Tikosyn for 2 years and no longer suffer with it. Good luck

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That’s wonderful! So this drug caused your heart to go back into sinus rhythm? I have it 24/7 for about 8 months now. ☹️

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