Your heart has a small sac-like extension on the upper section, called the left atrial appendage, or LAA. The function of the LAA is unknown, but people who suffer from atrial fibrillation can experience blood pooling in this small appendage, which can then become a clot, loosen from the structure and travel through the body, causing a stroke.
WATCHMAN: An Alternative to Blood-Thinning Medication
The WATCHMAN device is FDA-approved as a long-term alternative to blood thinners for those who are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or a higher risk of stroke. This device has a remarkable success rate, with 94.7 percent of patients achieving a healthier life, with the risk of stroke reduced. Our specialists at San Diego Cardiac Center are very pleased to help our patients live longer lives without the need to take blood-thinning medication by implanting this state-of-the-art device.