The WATCHMAN Difference

Health First Heart & Vascular Services is proud to be the first and only comprehensive cardiology program in Brevard County to offer the WATCHMAN Implant. WATCHMAN is a one-time procedure that reduces the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation and is as effective at reducing the risk of stroke as Warfarin. But unlike Warfarin, the WATCHMAN implant also reduces the long-term risk of bleeding.

The WATCHMAN Procedure

WATCHMAN is implanted like a stent, by means of a narrow tube inserted through a small cut in your upper leg. Your doctor will then guide WATCHMAN into your heart. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour.

WATCHMAN Advantages

WATCHMAN is different from blood thinners not only in how it works, but also in how much it costs. Blood thinners must be taken every day for life and represent an ongoing cost, whereas WATCHMAN is a one-time procedure and one-time cost. This means WATCHMAN can save you money over time.

92 percent of patients were able to stop taking warfarin just 45 days after receiving the WATCHMAN Implant

99 percent of patients were able to stop taking warfarin within a year after receiving the implant.

Is WATCHMAN an Option for Me?

WATCHMAN is for people who:

  • Have atrial fibrillation not caused by heart valve problems
  • Have been recommended to take blood-thinning medicines by their doctor
  • Can take Warfarin but need an alternative to blood thinners due to a history of bleeding or a lifestyle that puts them at risk for bleeding
Need a Heart & Vascular physician referral? Call us toll-free at 321.43.HEART.