Heart Implant Prevents Stroke

Cardiologists at North Shore University Hospital were the first on Long Island to implant a heart device that prevents stroke in patients with an irregular heart beat known as atrial fibrillation (AFib) as an alternative to long-term blood-thinning medications. Patients with AFib have a five times greater risk of stroke. Doctors performed the recently FDA-approved WATCHMAN heart implant procedure on patients in June 2015.

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