HealthBreak | Watchman Device

January 3, 2017

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia in the United States. One of its main consequences is that it often causes strokes. Traditional treatments for a-fib are blood thinners, but the International Heart Institute of Montana now offers a new form of treatment - the Watchman device. "Watchman is a small device that looks like a parachute," explains Simone Musco, MD - Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology Services at the Missoula heart institute. "It's implanted in the left atrial appendage, which is responsible for more than 90 percent of the clots responsible for stroke." Watch this video to see how the Watchman device is implanted. To learn more, visit

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