Baystate Medical Center is offering a new procedure that reduces stroke risk for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. AFib is a serious heart condition, as an irregular heartbeat can cause a blood clot that can cause stroke.
However, 40-50% of people with AFib don't feel it. Instead, they notice symptoms like shortness of breath, faster than normal pulse, or chest pain.
The new WATCHMAN procedure is an alternative to blood thinning medications like warfarin – especially important for patients who can't safely take these medications.
Dr. Amir Lotfi sat down with WGBY'S Connecting Point to explain the procedure.
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