'Jellyfish' in the heart: New blood clot-blocking implant of
Researchers have curated a jellyfish-shaped device, which sits inside the chambers of the heart, specially being offered to patients with atrial fibrillation. The new Watchman device – an updated version of an older system with the same name – sits within the heart and stops clots forming, offering a permanent alternative to medication. As with the original, the implant reduces the risk of stroke by more than 80 per cent. But earlier incarnations were not a fit for at least 5,000 sufferers with irregular-shaped hearts.

The new Watchman is available in five different widths and is made of a flexible, thin metal that moulds to fit every individual’s anatomy.

‘All patients are different and so are their hearts,’ says Dr Sandeep Panikker, who has implanted the new Watchman into 20 patients at London’s Royal Brompton hospital. ‘The previous version of the device couldn’t fit smaller, bigger and irregular shapes.’ he continued.

The Watchman devices are designed for the 100,000 Britons who are unable to take blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin - often because they have other conditions that increase the risk of bleeding inside the body, such as liver or kidney disease.
Studies show the Watchman is as effective as blood-thinners for preventing strokes, with fewer risks.

Dr Panikker says it’s also a good option for people who forget to take medication. ‘With blood-thinners, you have to be committed to taking them for the rest of your life. Lots of people don’t want to do this. If you miss a dose, there can be problems. But with this device you don’t have to worry.’

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7851351/Heart-implant-save-stroke.html
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