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FDA Approves Device That Lowers Stroke Risk

CBS News reports on a new innovative device approved by the FDA that successfully lowers stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients who are at five times greater risk for stroke and are more likely to have a stroke that causes permanent neurological damage. The Watchman device, developed by Boston Scientific, closes around the heart’s left atrial appendage, effectively preventing the migration of blood clots and reducing stroke risk.  Any clots that would form would now be unable to travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Research has shown that the device is effective enough to allow to patients to stop taking blood thinners, and the 45 minute minimally invasive surgical procedure comes with a speedy recovery time.

Read the article published by CBS News.