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100 and counting

May 29 , 2018

Huntsville Hospital’s EP Lab marked an important milestone last month.

In April, the Heart Center team implanted its 100th WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device.

The hospital began offering the device in October 2017 to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The cardiologist guides the WATCHMAN through a femoral vein to the heart and positions it to permanently seal off the left atrial appendage – a small sac in the upper part of the heart where blood can pool and form dangerous clots.

Most patients who receive the device can eventually stop taking blood thinners, which reduces their long-term bleeding risk.

The program is overseen by Heart Center physicians J. Scott Allison, MD, Mihir Kanitkar, MD, and Paul Tabereaux, MD. Jennifer Trampas, CRNP, is the program coordinator.

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The Heart Center's Watchman program is led by (from left to right) Dr. Mihir Kanitkar, Dr. Scott Allison, Program Coordinator Jennifer Trampas, CRNP, and Dr. Paul Tabereaux.