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UCHealth is Colorado’s first health system to implant new device to prevent strokes


University of Colorado Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies are both using the innovative technology to help patients with atrial fibrillation manage stroke risk.
Published: February 23, 2016

 

Heart specialists at UCHealth’s Medical Center of the Rockies and University of Colorado Hospital are the first in the region to implant a new device that can reduce the risk of strokes for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and allow patients at high risk of bleeding to stop taking powerful blood thinners.

The Watchman device is about the size of a quarter and looks like a tiny umbrella. It was designed to prevent clots from forming in the left atrial appendage by sealing off this section of the heart where most deadly blood clots form in people with atrial fibrillation.

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