Implanted device could "revolutionize" a-fib treatment

11/28/2006 | Washington Post, The

The Watchman device, a tiny mesh-covered metal brace, may revolutionize treatment of atrial fibrillation, according to doctors who have used the device in a study of 250 patients. The device, threaded through a vein, seals off the small portion of the heart that acts as a staging area for blood clots that can travel to the brain and cause stroke. So far, 97% of those with the implant have been able to eliminate use of the problematic blood-thinning drug Coumadin.

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