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Published on August 25, 2017

The Watchman Device: Lowering Stroke Risk

Watchman Device

September is Atrial fibrillation (AFib) awareness month, one of the most common forms of heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Individuals with AFib are at an increased risk for stroke, and most take blood thinners to reduce the chance that a blood clot will form in their heart, travel to their brain and cause a stroke. For those individuals who don’t react well to blood thinners, or have other lifestyle factors that aren’t suitable for taking anti-coagulation medication, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center offers another form of treatment: The Watchman Device.

For more information about the Watchman procedure, call (336) 938-0694.

Dr. James Allred, a cardiologist and the director of the Cone Health Atrial Fibrillation Center, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about stroke risk and the new Watchman Device.

Fox 8 House Call

Fox 8 House Call

Cone Health experts appear Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. on the Fox 8 morning news.