People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) have a five times greater stroke risk than those who do not have the condition. Many people with AFib struggle to stay on blood-thinning medications due to the required monitoring, lifestyle limitations and bleeding risks.
The Christ Hospital was the first in Greater Cincinnati to introduce a minimally invasive treatment called The Watchman to reduce the risk of AFib-related stroke without using anticoagulation drugs, or blood thinners.
The next-generation Watchman FLX is about the size of a coin. The device is inserted through a catheter into the specific area of the heart most often responsible for clots that cause stroke.
The one-time procedure effectively "seals off" this area and prevents stroke-causing blood clots from entering the bloodstream. The Watchman procedure is covered by Medicare and many other health insurance providers.