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The Watchman device helps us reduce your stroke risk from atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia. A-fib causes blood to pool in a tiny sac off your heart called the left atrial appendage. Clots can potentially form and break free, blocking blood supply to the brain and causing a stroke.

During the procedure, your doctor inserts a catheter (thin tube) into your leg vein and guides the Watchman toward your heart. The device is placed in the left atrial appendage, where it opens like a parachute to stop blood from pooling.

What you should know about the Watchman procedure:

  • By preventing blood clots from forming, the Watchman procedure may help reduce your risk of stroke.
  • Watchman is only suitable for people who have atrial fibrillation not related to heart valve disease.

Why choose Geisinger for your Watchman procedure?

  • Latest therapies: We are always looking to offer promising new therapies such as Watchman. Watchman may not be right for everyone, but if you meet the qualifications, Watchman can reduce the risk of stroke.
  • Full range of atrial fibrillation treatments: Watchman is part of a full range of Geisinger treatments for atrial fibrillation. Our heart care team works with you to identify the right approach.

Treats these conditions

We use the Watchman procedure to reduce the risk of stroke for patients who have:

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