Watchman device

Case contributed by Dr Aneta Kecler-Pietrzyk

Presentation

Presented to emergency department. Routine chest radiograph.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Watchman left atrial appendage closure implant.

Status post CABG. Dual lead pacemaker in situ. 

Incidental gynecomastia.

Case Discussion

Although oral anticoagulation (e.g. warfarin) can significantly reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, these medications are associated with hemorrhagic complications. The Watchman closure implant is placed in the left atrial appendage where >90% clots are formed and serves as an alternative to systemic anticoagulant therapy.

 

Disclosure: I, Aneta Kecler - Pietrzyk , have no actual or potential ethical or financial conflict of interest in relation to this device. This case is not intended to be a personal endorsement or recommendation of this product.

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