Tampa Bay/Spring Hill, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will continue its community lecture series entitled Watchman: What Everyone Needs to Know about Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke on June 23, 2016, at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill, Florida 34609. The presentation will be conducted by Luis Annoni, MD, who will discuss the new procedure to reduce the risk of stroke from atrial fibrillation, leading to the elimination of blood thinners (anti-coagulation medication).

Registration begins at 5:00pm and a complimentary dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to register call (727) 869-5498 or (888) 741-5119.


For patients with atrial fibrillation who are considered suitable for warfarin by their physicians but have reason to seek a non-drug alternative, the Watchman LAAC Implant is an implant alternative to reduce their risk of AF-related stroke. The WATCHMAN Implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

People with atrial fibrillation have a five times greater risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation can cause blood to pool and form clots in the LAA. For patients with non-valvular AF, the LAA is believed to be the source of the majority of stroke-causing blood clots. If a clot forms in the LAA, it can increase one’s risk of having a stroke. Blood clots can break loose and travel in the blood stream to the brain, lungs, and other parts of the body.

WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device from Boston Scientific

The WATCHMAN Device is a permanent implant designed to close the left atrial appendage in the heart in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke. With all medical procedures there are risks associated with the implant procedure and the use of the device. The risks include but are not limited to accidental heart puncture, air embolism, allergic reaction, anemia, anesthesia risks, arrhythmias, AV (Arteriovenous) fistula, bleeding or throat pain from the TEE (Trans Esophageal Echo) probe, blood clot or air bubbles in the lungs or other organs, bruising at the catheter insertion site, clot formation on the WATCHMAN Closure Device, cranial bleed, excessive bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, groin puncture bleed, hypotension, infection/pneumonia, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary vein obstruction, renal failure, stroke, thrombosis and transient ischemic attack. In rare cases death can occur. Be sure to talk with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the WATCHMAN Device.