Easton Cardiovascular Associates, P.C., offer our patients expertise in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Nuclear Cardiology. The group has provided high quality care in the community for the past 45 years.
New Treatment for Stroke
Implant is an alternative to long-term prescription blood thinners for patients with A-Fib
Easton Hospital is among a select number of hospitals to offer patients with atrial fibrillation a stroke prevention therapy with a newly approved implant called the Watchman device. People with atrial fibrillation have a five times greater risk of stroke. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with AF. The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with AF are blood-thinning medications. Long-term use of blood-thinning medications is not well-tolerated by some patients and carries a significant risk for bleeding complications.
The new implant device is an alternative to blood-thinning medications. The implant closes off the left atrial appendage in order to keep harmful blood clots from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. Over time, patients are often able to stop taking blood-thinners. FDA-approved in the United States, the device has been implanted in more than 10,000 patients and is approved in more than 70 countries around the world.
“This device offers a potentially-life changing stroke treatment option for patients who want freedom from the challenges of long-term blood-thinner use,” says Koroush Khalighi, M.D., cardiologist and electrophysiologist, an independent member of the medical staff at Easton Hospital. “Easton Hospital is at the cutting-edge in delivering the most current medical advances to patients in our area.”
“The device is a one-time procedure, implanted through the use of a catheter in about an hour. Patients only need to stay in the hospital about 24 hours after the device is in place,” says electrophysiologist Vadim Levin, M.D., a member of the medical staff at Easton Hospital.
Dr. Levin was among the first physicians in the state of Pennsylvania to perform left atrial appendage closure implant procedure when the device was approved in 2015. Based on the number of devices implanted, he is one of the most experienced surgeons in the state.
“I have been treating patients with atrial fibrillation for many years, and I am excited to offer this unique option for the patients,” he says.
To make an appointment to see if this device is right for you, call 610-250-4242.
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