Watchman Procedure held on 76-year-old
Watchman Device is an aid to patients suffering from heart problems or have had a stroke
Banjara Hills: Continental Hospitals has performed the 4th Watchman Procedure in the city on a 76-year-old patient suffering from atrial fibrillation. Artial fibrillation is a condition where an irregular heart beat can lead to blood clots or strokes and if left untreated over time, can result in death. India has the largest number of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
One in eight Indians suffers from high blood pressure, while heart disease is the biggest killer in this country. The prevalence of heart disease and stroke has increased by over 50% from 1990 in India!!
Dr Abhisekh Mohanty, said: "He was given parenteral iron with GI medications. After stabilizing his hemoglobin levels, we planned a novel procedure called Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) using Watchman device, as an alternative for anticoagulation. The procedure was done under sedation through a small access in his leg vein and it requires no open heart surgery and is completely safe to use. The procedure lasted for an hour and the patient was discharged in 2 days.
Dr Meeraji Rao, an Interventional Cardiologist, said, "This device has more than 100 thousand implants all over the world. To my knowledge this is only the fourth device in the city. Not many institutes had done this procedure using this device. The use of this device is recommended for people who are at extreme risk of cerebral events – either bleed or clots.