These may include: Side effects from general anesthesia, such as an allergic reaction, confusion, or nausea, Serious bleeding due to the device, typically within the first six months. In general watchman is reserved for those that are not good candidates for anticoagulation. I have read and appreciate your many comments on the Watchman procedure. Why do I have take coumadin 2 weeks bfre surgery for watchman?I take plavix,and took xarelto and eliquis at one time, but had bleeding issues. After Watchman procedure about two month I started having a sound like an old clock ticking They told us her bleeding was due to Pradaxa and they have now put her on Eliquis. I.e. Its something to discuss with the treating team. With your doctor’s approval, you will eventually be able to stop taking all prescription blood thinners unless you need them to treat a different medical condition. Do you have any info as to what numbers might actually be. Age is not necessarily a consideration, rather it just happens that a more elderly population is typically treated since they have a higher risk of stroke and are more likely not to be able to tolerate blood thinning medication and thus seek alternatives. Third Party materials included herein protected under copyright law. I took Xarelto and it mess up my arms and made me bleed from the bottom. Patients also need to continue a warfarin regimen for 45 days. Can I take a flight overseas three months after having the watchmen? GAITHERSBURG, MD — At long last, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Watchman (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage closure device … I was crushed. After 6-months usually aspirin alone is given at 325 mg daily. You’ve made an odd and bold set of statements and i don’t blame you for any assumptions. Many factors to consider. The cardiologists there strongly recommended the Watchman procedure for her. The blood thinners, all of them cause me back pain…mostly due to kidney intolerance to the drugs…the worse was Warfarin. Ten percent seems high. He is a very intelligent man and even largely responsible for the design of the first rocket engine to the moon and many other things I can not divulge. 88% of the time. I try very hard not to stress and bring on a MS relapse. Some feel the jury is still out in the long term. Could you please explain the rationale for requiring Plavix (with aspirin) for 6 months following the Watchman implantation? While what I have read so far sounds encouraging, I am concerned because it is not as widespread yet as I would’ve hoped (my mother saw a pamphlet in her Dr’s office and inquired – not because he suggested it on his own). She recently had a stroke and was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. If the insertion site bleeds, lie down and apply pressure to the area for several minutes. Etc. When she went to her follow up appointment at 45 days they told her she would have to continue taking the blood thinners for 6 more months but didn’t explain why. Once you are in the procedure room, your day will typically include these events: A nurse will start an intravenous (IV) line to administer an anesthetic and any other medicines you may need. Regardless, when it comes to stroke prevention strategy, it is an approved method and widely offered and hopefully over the next few years the data becomes more clear. Its a difficult situation with no ideal answer and a risk to benefit ratio of any strategy need multidisciplinary input. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. Bruising where the catheter was inserted in your groin. In my circumstances would it be reasonable to wait till then? The device itself shouldn’t cause anemia. I was placed in CCU and discharged the next day. Dr. Ahmed is an interventional cardiologist and Director of Structural Heart Disease at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. My mother-in-law (76 yo)saw a new cardiologist for opinions on managing her a-fib in a patient on Warfarin with 3 significant GI bleeds, the most recent 2 weeks ago and a hard fall (one week ago). He has had intense left-chest pains for five days now. My current cardiologist tells me I will not need to be on Coumadin after the Watchmen procedure but would need to continue on Plavix for a while afterward. Dr. Layth Saleh explains more. In all she had 4 infarcts. Cardiologists who are trained to put the device in often speak on behalf of the company to tout how patients can be helped, so doctors refer patients to them. Types of Maze Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation. Then in 2016 I developed non-hopkins lymphoma treated with heavy chemo. He is a large man (not fat). In general, the WATCHMAN implantation takes about an hour to complete. This is called a tug test. Thank you. Has high risk of lung bleeding due to COPD. Age itself is not a contraindication. Do Houseplants Have Beneficial Effects on Health? The LAA anatomy will not accommodate a device. Is there any other options to using a full-out sleep anesthesia. General poor Heath, can not tolerate Coumadin. I feel that the extra 6 months of blood thinner (Plavix) is unnecessary in my case. In my personal experience, i follow everyone up at 45 days after I implant the device and perform a TEE to look at these features. Based on procedure they determined I needed one stent as I was 80% blocked. The recommendation for the use of the Watchman device is based on evidence gathered over many years and in thousands and thousands of patients. Any required bed rest? The attending cardiologist (not her EP) said the device can cause Afib. No driving for 24 hours or longer after you leave the hospital. At yearly check-up her primary cardiologist said she was doing well from his perspective but he shared that the cardiologist who did her 3rd ablation felt strongly that she should have the watchman placed. To help the procedure go as smoothly as possible: Don’t eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure. Your email address will not be published. Every part of the procedure is critical, including the pre-procedural selection and imaging, and all contribute to achieving a positive outcome. Also had a skin cancer removed. December of 2017 I had a basel ganglia and intracranial stroke, apparently having been caused by eliquis and also stress since my husband passed away the week before. He can certainly be evaluated at a watchman center. Infection – Antibiotics are given appropriately to minimize any risk. Watchman stroke devices can cause serious injuries during insertion as well as following insertion. I have hypertension, COPD, half a thyroid and one parathyroid removed all treated with meds. The decision will be my mother’s to make. The appendage is where the clots form that lead to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. It genuinely depends on the conversation you have had with your implanting team and their opinions after hearing your full story. Required fields are marked *. Get the atrial fibrillation doctor discussion guide. He does have high BP, has had for years. There are many cases where the anticoagulant agent has to be stopped early, it just needs to be recognize that its a deviation from protocol. Can this be a pleasant side affect of my watchman? I take Tikosyn and Diltiazem to stay in rythm and keep the heart rate down. It is unfortunate that you and Boston Scientific have NOT been forthright and direct in your use of statistics: “several years”, “generally less than 5%” and “years and years” are generalizations, not statistics. no one like blood breeding but t watchman installation also sound scary. The Watchman procedure is a structural heart procedure such as the TAVR procedure for aortic stenosis or the Mitraclip procedure for mitral regurgitation. Patients with the Watchman Device can typically stop strong blood thinning medication such as Coumadin 45 days after the device is implanted therefore decreasing the chance of bleeding complications and the need to take daily medicines. After the procedure, heart tissue will grow over the implant within about 45 days. Yes these names appear ridiculous when describing anatomy however they accurately describe the shape of the appendage. For this reason the Watchman Procedure should only be performed in a place with an established heart team in place and strong individual programs in all these aspects. The watchman has been around for several years and experienced teams have performed this with excellent safety profile. Do you think is could be a ‘fit’ for him? He advised me stop taking both the Plavix and the baby aspirin for a week and discuss the possibility of stopping the Plavix now, 4 months after the Watchman implant, rather than continue for the final 2 months. Not once it has been released in to the appendage. Dr’s said he was totally unresponsive and wanted to remove ventilator and let him die. since i experienced occasion blood bleeding every few months. (The Watchman is also known as the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device). The Watchman device is used to close off the left atrial appendage. What happens to the blood that is trapped behind the Watchman? The chicken wing can sometimes be straightforward and sometimes more difficult. Going to have the watchman next Monday . Was concerned to read here if need for 6 months Coumadin after Watchman implanted. 2012;(60):3671. Get important maze procedure facts and information you might not know, including the difference between a full maze and mini-maze procedure, and how they compare to catheter ablation for afib. The tumor was a surprise and needed to come out but I was still in afib with an EF <20(!) We do not yet have long-term safety and effectiveness data for closure devices because they are relatively new. Thousands and thousands of Watchman Devices have been implanted over the last decade worldwide and data regarding the durability of the Watchman Implant is accumulating. I have been on Eliquis for the past three years. Do I have to continue to take a statin to reduce chlorestoral(Atorvastatin 40 mg.) I appreciate any advice – and I am now following you on Twitter! You should be seen by an implanting and a non implanting physician ideally. Now I have a more like a thumping sound that comes at night and some times in the day time as I go about my daily routine. you can follow my twitter at @MustafaAhmedMD. Eventually I recovered to where I could be cardioverted with a TEE assist. Patients with the Watchman Device can typically stop strong blood thinning medication such as Coumadin 45 days after the device is implanted therefore decreasing the chance of bleeding complications and the need to take daily medicines. One day last week, Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania released a case study praising the performance of a stroke-preventing device … about a month. MyHeart is a group of physicians dedicated to empowering patients to take control of their health. In general management of these depends on the size of the leak, if it is less than 5 mm it is felt to be non significant, if greater than this the treating team may choose to place you on blood thinner for an extended time or perform closer follow up or such. once the LLA is closed off what will happen when there is increased pressure in this closed cavity. You will have the WATCHMAN implantation procedure in an EP or cardiac catheterization lab where doctors can monitor the electrical activity of the heart. The team in charge of your care will give you detailed prep instructions well in advance of your procedure. Congestive heart failure                   – a history of heart failure is             1 point, Hypertension                                     – a history of high BP is                     1 point, Age ≥ 75                                              – age ≥ 75 is                                          1 point, Diabetes                                             – a history of diabetes is                     1 point, Stroke                                                 – stroke or TIA history is                   2 points. Learn more about common reasons for and benefits of a maze procedure or mini-maze procedure. Since the procedure, he has had to receive blood twice within the first 60 days due to low CBC’s. The left atrial appendage is a small sac in the top left chamber of the heart. These clots can get loose and travel to the brain leading to strokes. How can one know if they are going to be allergic or sensitive to the components used in the Watchman device? I am a 75 year old woman who has had afib, tea and then conjestive heart failure due to Pneumonia 2 years ago. Does this procedure have any effect on the A-Fib With more 75 peer-reviewed medical publications to date, his professional and academic contributions to advancing structural heart care are internationally recognized. The implant does not require open heart surgery and does not need to be replaced. 2014;7(1):1034. Would you recommend the procedure with such an allergy? The WATCHMAN device does not cure nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, but you may be able to stop taking blood thinners like warfarin if the LAA seals properly. Privacy Policy. I would certainly bring up the issue with your watchman team however particularly if he is on aspirin and plavix and the anemia is new. The watchman seals it. To determine these scores we basically put numbers in to the scoring calculator. The watchman was suggested an an alternative to blood thinner in a patient that is not a good candidate for long term use of blood thinner due to the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. thank you for the reply. I would like to know the odds of successfully having this Watchman procedure done? She is diagnosed with AFIB but also has Histoplasmosis, also lung lymph nodes are calcified. I believe she has a sensitivity to any blood thinners, will she be a good candidate being that she would have to take Warafin for 45 days post op. The WATCHMAN device does not cure nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, but you may be able to stop taking blood thinners like warfarin if the LAA seals properly. I know they have five sizes. A doc has suggested that he have the watchman procedure. Historically patients with atrial fibrillation that were considered to be of a high stroke risk were treated with blood thinning medications such as Coumadin / Warfarin to reduce stroke risk. Its critical that the patient understand what is going on and you shouldn’t hesitate to have them and the family discuss with the treating team. From a watchman standpoint, as per current protocols, after 6 months, most patients take aspirin alone unless plavix indicated for some other reason. A cardiac EP performs electrophysiology tests (EP studies), makes diagnoses, prescribes medicine, and performs interventional (but not surgical) cardiac procedures to treat patients for arrhythmias. The Watchman Device is still attached to a delivery cord. The frame is made out of a nitinol alloy that is very common with cardiac implants. Thanks. Get the basics on afib, from common early symptoms to available treatment options. A Watchman is an automated oil monitoring device which is fitted in your tank and sends a radio signal to a digital readout in your home. My cardiologist has recommended a Watchman. He has had endoscopy, colonoscopy, and various other tests to find where blood loss is. I love your website! Both the Interventionist Cardiologist and my electrophysic cardiologist and regular cardiologist have reccomended the Watchman be installed. Thanks. General anesthesia for this procedure is of concern since she has COPD (not on oxygen) but I read that there may be other options. Also how long has these procedures being performed? Are You a Candidate for the Maze Procedure? Her current rate & rhythm are WNL. As things stand, the blood thinning medication Coumadin needs to be taken for 45 days after the procedure. Given the large amount of people we have been able to help here, we are starting a twitter to help keep heart patients up to date with advances and relevant information. The content on Healthgrades does not provide medical advice. Essentially if correctly done, the procedure should last lifelong with regards to occlusion of the left atrial appendage. I cannot take blood thinners so this is my alternative. The clot may have been in the leg, or in the heart in the appendage. However, since the chest pains began five days ago, no Afib. Your doctor may want you to continue taking aspirin every day. Can you have any type of surgery on your heart if you have the watchman? This causes her to bleed occasionally when she coughs. The paper reported on the outcomes of almost 4000 cases in the United States. She has had several small strokes since being hospitalized in April. As Watchman technology and experience continues to evolve the length of hospital stays are growing shorted and shorter. September 9, 2018 791176 273 Dr. Jason L. Guichard, MD, PhD, January 7, 2017 444470 79 Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, June 8, 2014 340490 250 Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, November 20, 2014 291899 65 Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, January 28, 2015 280183 337 Dr. Mustafa Ahmed. The Watchman device is surgically implanted inside the patient, typically under general anesthesia. We sure hope he is a candidate for the Watchman procedure. Post-FDA Approval, Initial US Clinical Experience with Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation, Low Heart Rate – Bradycardia Explained by a Heart Doctor. Due to her inability to hear well, I seriously doubt that she was thoroughly informed and understood the issues. Longest known incident 2 hours in 2 week monitoring period. The doctor will numb your groin area with an anesthetic and insert a catheter into a blood vessel. There are small anchors in the device that keep it in place also. I take warfarin now which is not easy to keep at 2. Read by over a million people every year, MyHeart is quickly becoming a "go to" resource for patients across the world. Glad you like the site, it was designed for such, I do a lot of these procedures and want patients informed. However, he has never done this before. This should have been discussed explicitly prior to the procedure. If a clot gets into the bloodstream and blocks blood flow to the brain, it can cause a stroke. The good news is that the risk of complication is small, and has continued to decrease as the cardiologists performing and planning the procedure have continued to gain experience and make the procedure safer. The most important part of the procedure is the pre procedural evaluation. Is the Watchman ever too small for the opening? You should seek evaluation and an opinion from a Watchman team to discuss further. Implantation of the device is not an indication to start or stop a statin medication. As with any invasive procedure there are risks associated. The registry will capture post-approval data on left atrial appendage occlusion procedures, as outlined as a condition of coverage by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the LAAC National Coverage Determination. My husband is 90 yrs old. Any articles or resources for such a situation? Is this a reason for invasive procedure for someone who is in NSR now and tolerating anticoagulation without issues? You may need to have another TEE within 48 hours after the implantation. My brother is checking in to having this done. Not good with anesthesia, worried they told me the appendage was small but they can do it. The WATCHMAN device continues to be observed in post-market studies, including the national LAAO Registry™ sponsored by the American College of Cardiology. I did have a bleed recently on my leg and foot. Some of the reasons for this include bleeding issues, concerns for falling, lifestyle issues and inability to tolerate the medication. Cardiac Catheterization. I don’t have a relationship with Boston Watchman as things stand nor do i seek one. The current protocol (which should be discussed at length prior to the procedure) is aspirin and coumadin for 45 days, then aspirin and plavix till 6 months, then aspirin alone, all being well. The area sealed off will likely clot off over time, the watchman ideally seals the entire appendage chamber off. Does anyone agree? We are both feeling better about it now. After 4 weeks in acute rehab he is home and doing well though struggling to recover speech. That was awful……really awful. I want to be sure there is a reversal agent available in the event of an emergency. You say that in future Coumadin may not be necessary in this context. Last week based on an electrocardiogram Cardiologist determined need for an angiogram since I unable to complete stress test and results of chemical test not clear. When we are determining stroke risk for atrial fibrillation patients we use scoring systems known as the CHADS2 score or the CHA2DS2-VASc score. The good thing is the device comes in many sizes. A patient’s risk for major bleeding becomes significantly reduced six weeks after the procedure when strong blood thinning medication is no longer needed. Switch the Watchman on and off. Let me take you through an example. Also, anesthesia in the past caused memory problems. And what can be done about it? Even at 87 there may be significant benefit, and the procedure can be done safely in the right hands. Disclaimer: The comment response is opinion and in no way affiliated with my employer. My husband with A Fib had an ablation 8 months ago and a pacemaker insertion just over 4 months ago. This is a question to ask the referring cardiologist that sent her for the watchman so records can be compared. I just had another TEE and there is blood passing the device. Dr. Ahmed, my Mother is 75 year old, hx. Had the Watchman implanted early last May and switched from Eliquis to plavix because Plavix is more compatible with Gleevec, my chemo med. I am a 79 year old female who was diagnosed with afib over three years ago. Her cardiodoc has recommended this procedure since she is not tolerating other anticoag drugs all that well. You have to at least be able to tolerate warfarin for 45 days after the procedure during the endothelialization process. I will ask my Dr’s the same question but would like to try and know most answers before my consultation in 2 weeks. If unsure you should seek a second opinion from an implanting site. The latest pretty severe. As part of the checks to make sure the device is nicely in place and stable the Watchman device is gently tugged on to make sure is stays in place and isn’t loose. I also have had aortic valve replacement surgery as well as three stents and two cabbage procedures. Has been on Xarelto 15 mg. for a couple of years due to afib (possibly due to previous alcohol abuse). My mother is 63 yrs old and has had 2 major bleeds recently and the 2nd one was so bad the doctors basically said she almost bleed to death. His left atrium is 48. The device has a mesh membrane that acts as a filter at the opening of the LAA to prevent blood clots from entering the bloodstream. Patients should typically be able to use aspirin or Plavix. Again I strongly recommend clarifying this with the treating team. With all of the information you have provided, I think it would be great to have a “checklist” of all of the concerns that the doctor and patient would need to consider and would cover during the whole process from the beginning of initial considerations, to the preparations before, and all of the steps during the procedure. We then determine risk vs. benefit. Firstly, access to the leg vessel is obtained through a small needle and a wire. This should be known prior to the procedure. If you are interested in information and therapy for heart disease then feel free to follow my twitter at @MustafaAhmedMD. You can reduce your risk of complications by: Informing your healthcare providers if you are allergic to anesthetics or have had complications from anesthesia in the past, Lying flat for several hours after the procedure to prevent bleeding at the catheter insertion site, Taking care to research the cardiac electrophysiologist carefully, considering his or her experience implanting the WATCHMAN device, Notifying your doctor immediately of any concerns, such as bleeding or pain. They chose to place her on Plavix and Aspirin daily. I am yet to see a clot on the device or a significant leak and have therefore been able to take everyone off the anticoagulation. You might be a maze procedure candidate if you have atrial fibrillation (afib) that is not well controlled by medication and you need heart surgery. J Am Coll Cardiol. Im not familiar with the lasso procedure, do you mean the lariat? Do Watchman devices ever get infected? Our doctors are among the most experienced in the Bay Area. Just now 4 days after implant of Watchman…..My premise from your input conversations is its” NOT WHAT YOU KNOW…. The watchman is certainly more well known and performed. This certainly needs to be discussed at length with the implanting team. Typically after 45 days the blood thinner Coumadin can be stopped. Recovery typically takes twenty-four hours. As far as a checklist goes, don’t concern yourself with it, rather choose a team you are comfortable with, with skills and experience. My mother passed away due to complications from surgery of Watchman implementation. Can a patient with an ICD have a Watchman placed? The good news is that with an extensive procedural checklist in place to ensure the device is stable, this complication hardly ever occurs. It has not epithelialized and is leaking. Device breakage can puncture a patient’s heart or blood vessels, and pericardial effusion can reduce the function of a patient’s heart. hi thank you very much. Findings from three Cleveland Clinic real-world studies suggest a wider range of patients stand to benefit from the left atrial appendage closure device. The new Cardiologist is sending her to a specialist to determine the benefit of the Watchman’s device. His rationale was that he felt he may have went too far into the left atrium during the ablation and effected the function of the LAA. It seems to be a difficult situation and the first step in this case would be to consult with a neurologist and a hematologist. There are the usual limitations and care needed for patients that take blood thinner, in that anything with more than an ordinary risk of bleeding should be avoided until the blood thinner can be stopped. To permanently implant the device, the doctor will push the WATCHMAN out of the catheter into the opening of the LAA where it will open—much like a parachute or umbrella. For subject matter of this importance, if there is not such a checklist in place at this time, I think there certainly should be one. Doctors typically treat people who have afib with a blood thinner called warfarin (brand name Coumadin) to prevent clots from forming and reduce the risk of stroke. They would have to review your history and determine your risks of differing anticoagulation regimens after likely Consulting with a hematologist. Might you offer me advice. In total there were only 3 procedure related deaths, which is 0.078%. The limitations are minimal. Types of Maze procedures for atrial fibrillation (afib) include mini-maze (minimally invasive), full maze, and hybrid maze. Many thanks. Chicken-wing, broccoli and windsock types. I would like to know if there is a maintenance that needs to be done after 6 months or so. After the nonsurgical WATCHMAN procedure, the device replaces the need for prescription blood thinners in most patients. I had no blood clots before the Watchman device insertion. If bleeding from the insertion site won’t stop, call 911. Does it seal by itself? lasy yr i had After 45 days why do I still have to take another blood thinner? What can be done about a leaking watchman i had it put in 6-27-18 & on 8-29-18 my tee showed leaking after 60 plus days & I’m still taking Warfarin is there any procedure to be done to stop this leakage from around the device. After 6 months in the best case aspirin only is required and many patients can come off the plavix and coumadin. But then the doc immediately suggested the Watchman Device. ET.) The WATCHMAN™ is implanted into your heart via a one-time procedure. In most cases pre treatment with certain meds can prevent reactions. My gram is in her 80s and developed a fib but has diverticulitis and bleeds so she got the watchman. Last time I wrote the device was relatively new (long term data wasn’t yet available), and based on my research it didn’t seem like a great choice. Could it be because of watchman? This was the main reason for having the device implanted. My question is can Eliquis be used instead of coumadin before and after the procedure. I would recommend that she is evaluated in an experienced watchman center to discuss suitability, pro and cons. You may get a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging test to ensure the device is in the right place before implantation. Remember the left atrial appendage is on the left side of the heart. My husband has a severely enlarged left atrium.The rest of his heart is ok. After the procedure they added plavix and a clostereal med Astrostatin, I think. Importantly the evaluation should determine whether you are a candidate and would likely derive benefit, then discuss the risks and benefits and ensure it is felt that the benefit outweighs the risk. 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