Crouse Hospital introduces minimally invasive implant for patients with heart rhythm disorder

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Crouse Hospital has introduced an alternative to long-term blood thinner therapy for people with the heart rhythm disorder, A-fib.

It’s called the Watchman Device and is a minimally invasive implant that offers patients protection from suffering a stroke.

Studies say the device offers as much protection as blood thinners like Warfarin.

About 5 million people in the united states suffer from A-fib, which is when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and stop moving blood through and out of the heart.

Crouse Hospital is the first hospital in Central New York to use the Watchman Device.

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