45 days after your implant
Following the WATCHMAN Implant procedure, you will be prescribed a drug regimen most appropriate for you. Discuss with your doctor to fully understand your medications and do not make changes without confirming with your doctor first.
You may have follow-up appointments at 45 days and 6 months after your procedure. During this time, your heart tissue will grow over the implant to form a permanent barrier against blood clots. Your doctor will monitor this process by taking pictures of your heart. They may adjust your medications at these appointments.
12 months after your implant
About 12 months after your WATCHMAN Implant, your doctor may schedule another TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) to check on the device and make sure that your left atrial appendage (LAA) is sealed. Learn more about what to expect from the WATCHMAN Implant.
WATCHMAN Implant Card
Whether you’re going away for the weekend or running a quick errand, it’s important to carry your WATCHMAN Implant Card with you at all times. Your WATCHMAN Implant Card contains your name, your doctor’s name and phone number, and the model numbers of your implant. In an emergency, the card will alert medical and security personnel that you have an implanted device.
Registering your implant card
On the day of your procedure, you will receive your WATCHMAN Implant Card. If you did not receive a card or need a new one, please call 1-855-637-9428. You can register your WATCHMAN Implant Card and receive a new card if it is lost at the link below. Registration is not required.
Regular follow-up visits
It’s important to maintain all follow-up visits, even if you’re feeling well. These appointments will help your doctor check your device and overall health on a regular basis.
Like blood thinners, the WATCHMAN Implant does not cure AFib. You will need to continue to meet with your doctor to monitor and treat your AFib.
When to call a doctor
Your doctor will provide guidelines for when you should contact him or her. In general, call your doctor if you:
Have any pain
Experience any side effects from your medication, including bleeding, headaches, nausea, vomiting or rash
Miss taking or change the dosage of your medication
Make any lifestyle changes
Find a WATCHMAN Medical Center
Whether traveling or at home, find a facility that treats patients with WATCHMAN Implants.