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WATCHMAN: An Alternative to Blood Thinners for AFib Patients

Arun Raghupathy, MD, FACC - Speaker Bio
Arun Raghupathy, MD, FACC is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in invasive cardiology procedures such as angioplasty and stenting of blood vessels.  He has additional experience and training in structural heart interventions and peripheral vascular disease. As a member of the Structural Heart Team, Dr. Raghupathy has a special interest in treating patients with advanced valvular heart conditions like aortic stenosis, using minimally invasive procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).  He also performs procedures to close the left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation who are not able to safely take anticoagulation.

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  • Blood thinners have traditionally been the default method for reducing stroke risk in patients with Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib.

    Unfortunately, not everyone tolerates these medications well. The WATCHMAN implant allows people with AFib to get off blood thinners around 6 weeks after they have the minimally invasive WATCHMAN procedure.

    Marin General Hospital interventional cardiologist Arun Raghupathy, MD, FACC, has performed numerous WATCHMAN procedures. In this podcast, he discusses who is a good candidate for the minimally invasive procedure and explains how the implant works.