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AFib Treatment: Devices May Soon Replace Medication

Thousands of claims have been filed against the manufacturers of Xarelto due to uncontrollable bleeding that plaintiffs allege resulted from taking the anticoagulant to treat atrial fibrillation, a condition that affects how the heart beats on a day to day basis. Devices are being manufactured as alternatives to medications being used to treat AFib.afib chest pain

Device Advancements

For those who are unable to take anticoagulants, surgically implanted devices may be their only hope at preventing the negative health repercussions of AFib. According to Harvard Medical School, only one of these devices has been approved by the FDA.

The Watchman

The Watchman is a small basket-shaped FDA-approved device created by Boston Scientific that is attached to the heart’s left atrial appendage. This device prevents clots from travelling from the heart up to the brain. Stroke risk, therefore, is greatly reduced through the use of the Watchman device.

Patients who qualify for non-pharmacological treatment of AFib, whose physicians deem them eligible to take anticoagulants, and who have an increased risk of stroke and/or systemic embolism may be recommended to use the Watchman. Installation of the device typically takes about an hour under anesthesia and a 1-2 day hospital stay following the surgery for monitored recovery. The reason that the patients who receive the Watchman device must be cleared for anticoagulant usage is because the drug is prescribed for maintenance after the device’s installation. Only after a probationary period to ensure that the body accepts the device can a patient be weaned off of blood thinners and replace it with daily aspirin dosages.

Amplatzer Cardiac Plug 2afib surgery

This device is similar to the Watchman, in that it is attached to the left atrial appendage. The device has gone through several design generations, with notable improvements. The most recent generation, the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug 2 (ACP 2), boasts features like a proximal disc that improve the device’s sealing capabilities. So far, this device has not been approved by the FDA.

Lariat Suture Delivery Device

This device, unlike the ACP 2 and the Watchman, is used to isolate the left atrial appendage so that no blood clots can travel to other areas of the body, potentially causing a stroke. The device does not have FDA approval due to 45 adverse events that occurred in 2015 as a result of this device’s implementation. More tests of the device are being done to discover how the device can be altered to reduce health risks.

Why Not Stick With Blood Thinners To Treat AFib?

You guessed it, blood thinners have many adverse side effects and when they’re not potentially causing the body harm, their positive effects have their limits. A patient’s diet, for instance, can influence the drug’s effectiveness. The stress of following a strict diet along with the commitment of having to get blood testing done are also factors in patients’ aversion to the drug. Because blood thinners can cause internal bleeding episodes, some patients and their doctors are seeking these types of devices as treatment alternatives. Unfortunately, the side effects of blood thinners can result in injury and even death. If you or a loved taking Xarelto, a common blood thinner, you may be eligible to collect damages.

Do I Have A Case?

Anyone who has been injured while taking Xarelto should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss his or her legal options. An attorney will be able to guide you in the first stages of filing a claim against the manufacturers of Xarelto. By filing a claim, you could stand to recover financial assistance to help cover medical costs, lost wages, and more.

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