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There is an alternative for people with atrial fibrillation who have difficulty taking blood thinners: The Watchman™ Cardiac Implant (left atrial appendage closure)

The Watchman™ Cardiac Implant Procedure

  • Watchman™ is the only FDA-approved cardiac implant proven to reduce stroke risk for people with Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) not caused by a heart valve problem who have problems taking or can’t take a blood thinner.
  • Salinas Valley Health is the first medical center in the Tri-County area to offer the Watchman procedure.
  • This procedure does not require open-heart surgery. The cardiologist inserts a narrow tube into a blood vessel in the upper leg and guides it into the small pouch inside the heart where blood clots commonly form (the Left Atrial Appendage, also called LAA)
  • The Watchman device is expanded inside the LAA to prevent blood clots from forming there. This permanent implant significantly reduces the risk of stroke. Most people are able to safely stop taking anti-coagulant blood thinners about 45 days later.
  • This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about an hour. An overnight stay in the medical center is required.

Meet our Watchman team

Supporting Physicians

Doctor Jennifer Rodriguez Jennifer Rodriguez, RN, BSN
Watchman Program Coordinator

Our Services

  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Non-invasive cardiology
  • Electrophysiology

    Our specialists provide the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available today for individuals with an irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrythmia).

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

    With an on-campus Cardiac Fitness Center, we are able to provide comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation for people who recently suffered a heart attack, underwent heart surgery and similar.

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

    We offer unparalleled cardiac surgical care for the region, including advanced surgical solutions for patients with complex heart health issues.

  • Interventional Cardiology

    Our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories perform innovative, sophisticated interventional procedures paired with world-class care from our team.

  • Non-Invasive Cardiology

    We perform thousands of cardiac diagnostic studies every year, utilizing a team effort to pioneer the latest non-invasive cardiology solutions.