This post was sponsored by Boston Scientific as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
My father passed away suddenly from heart disease when I was three-years-old, and I have spent my life choosing different ways to live, and knowing how and when to ask for help or testing, should it be needed. Two years ago, my father-in-law had a heart bypass surgery. I remember that being one of the scarier experiences – visiting him in the hospital and waiting for medical info – but he has since recovered nicely and spent three weeks in Spain last May!
That’s a big reason that heart health is so important to my family. There are several reasons, actually, and all of those reasons are loved ones close to us with heart conditions. And that’s why I also want to talk about one of my favorite uncle’s experience with AFib.
We’re here today to talk about Atrial fibrillation (AFib) because it’s the most common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. It affects more than five million Americans. And because of their irregular heartbeat, people with AFib have a five times greater risk of suffering from a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat. We, like many people, have a loved one – an uncle – with AFib. In terms of day to day, I know he takes/has taken two medications. One is a blood thinner meant to be taken once a day, and the other is a medication to control his heart rate from going too high, and that’s twice a day. Once a week, he has his blood checked by a doctor. That’s why I was happy to tell him about the Boston Scientific WATCHMAN device.
Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation and What You Can Do:
So, the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device from Boston Scientific offers an alternative to the lifelong use of warfarin, a common blood-thinner, for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem – non-valvular AFib – who need such an alternative. It’s a permanent heart device that effectively reduces the risk of stroke without the risk of bleeding that can come with long-term blood thinner use. And it can also eliminate the challenges of regular blood tests and dietary restrictions that come with taking warfarin. As you can imagine, non-valvular AFib – and its treatments – can impact lifestyle. I know that my uncle has to navigate restrictions to his diet, exercise, travel, and more.
More about the WATCHMAN device:
- There have been 100,000 implants of the WATCHMAN device worldwide.
Serves as an alternative to warfarin and is the only FDA-approved implant proven to reduce the risk of stroke in those with non-valvular AFib.
It’s implanted through a ONE-time, minimally invasive procedure with a proven safety record.
You can find out if you or your loved one may be a candidate for the WATCHMAN device by visiting the WATCHMAN website or talking with your cardiologist today about the benefits as well as risks, including internal bleeding, stroke and others.
A few stats that jumped out at me, from a recent Harris Survey conducted by Boston Scientific of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation:
- 92% of patients with AFib would consider a one-time procedure that would allow them to discontinue blood thinners and the risks and challenges associated with them.
This one really jumped out at me: The vast majority of patients surveyed (82%) have never heard of the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device.
And of those who would consider the procedure:
74% want to reduce their risk of complications (like bleeding) caused by blood thinners
56% would prefer to not take blood thinners everyday/have to remember to take blood thinners everyday
37% believe the device may give them greater flexibility to do the things they want to do in their daily life
16% of AFib patients agree or strongly agree that having to take blood thinners regularly has had a negative impact on their health.
And that’s why I’m so proud to introduce the WATCHMAN device for you today! So many patients surveyed (82%) had never heard of this device! That’s why it’s time to read up on it and talk to your cardiologist, or talk to your loved one(s) with non-valvular AFib!
Learn more about the Boston Scientific WATCHMAN device by visiting the website here, and also by talking to your cardiologist to see if it’s a fit for you or your loved one.