WATCHMAN™ Device For Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 203.276.2321 or email [email protected].

What Is The Watchman Device?

The Watchman device offers a one-time, permanent implant for those with the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). It, in turn, reduces the risk of stroke, eliminating the need for and long-term risk of bleeding caused by blood thinners.

If you’re considered a candidate for the Watchman, you can expect the procedure to take about an hour. Our highly skilled cardiac team will implant the FDA-approved Watchman device through a small opening in the upper part of your leg. Then, the device is carefully placed into the appropriate location in your heart. You’ll be under general anesthesia and will stay in the hospital overnight.

Eligibility Requirements For The Watchman Device

Those with AFib not caused by heart valve problems who would like to explore an alternative to blood thinners may be eligible for the Watchman device. If you have a history of bleeding along with your AFib, or if your lifestyle puts you at risk for bleeding, discuss the procedure with your doctor. There are cases in which you may not be a good candidate for this device:

  • If you can’t take short-term blood thinners, aspirin, or clopidogrel.
  • If you are allergic or sensitive to nitinol (nickel and titanium) or any other material in the Watchman.
  • If you can’t undergo heart catheterization procedures or if your left atrial appendage is too large or too small.

Please check with your insurance company about coverage.

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As the first hospital in Connecticut to offer the Watchman device, our heart team is dedicated to making your experience, from pre-admissions testing to recovery, compassionate and comfortable.

Meet Our Doctors

Sandhya  Dhruvakumar
Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

(203) 276-2321

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Hamed  Emami
Cardiovascular Disease, Electrophysiology

(203) 276-2321

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Joshua M Lader
Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

(203) 276-2321

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