Watchman™ LAAC Implant

The Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant provides an alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation who take warfarin on a long-term basis to help prevent blood clots and possible stroke. The implant acts as a safety net by closing off the left atrial appendage (LAA) and catching harmful blood clots before they enter the bloodstream.

The LAAC device is inserted through a catheter in the femoral vein in the groin and guided into the patient’s heart, where it can filter potential blood clots and prevent possible stroke.

The Structural Heart Clinic at Manatee Memorial Hospital is dedicated to patients with aortic stenosis and stroke and bleeding risks associated with atrial fibrillation. The clinic is part of the Heart and Vascular Center and is located across the street from the hospital at 300 Riverside Drive East, Suite 1350. Patients will receive a personalized evaluation from a team of healthcare professionals. Several physicians from Bradenton Cardiology Center are part of the Structural Heart Clinic team, including Dr. Ganesh Athappan, Dr. Daniel E. Friedman, Dr. S. Jay Mathews and Dr. James Nguyen.