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Minshep, April 8,  2021  8:03pm EST

Ablation + Watchman Device

Hello. I'm a 43 year old woman with Afib caused by a Sickle Cell Anemia.  I was diagnosed with afib about a year ago, and was prescribed Sotalol and later, Cardizem. 

About a month ago, I had an ischemic (sp?) stroke. I was prescribed Eliquis afterwards, but blood thinners can cause problems with Sickle Cell, so my doctor wants to do an ablation and watchman procedure together. 

Has anyone had these procedures either separately or together? What was the outcome? 

I have been depressed and experiencing more anxiety since the stroke. I've dealt with anxiety and depression for many years, but my current situation is making me feel worse. If anyone has any suggestions or tips, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, April 9,  2021  8:47am EST

    Good morning,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the MyAFibExperience community. I completely understand why you are experiencing anxiety and depression after your stroke. I hope you find that as you connect with others here, you'll find that you aren't entirely alone in this experience. In the meantime, I can share some resources with you like this one on Mental Health and Heart Health, or this one here on Stress and Heart Health

    Please keep us updated on how you are feeling!

    Best wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, April 9,  2021  9:23am EST

    Minshep, I have had ablations but not a Watchman device.  For more information (comments from past folks on this network), try going to the top right side of this page, where is says "Search."  Click on that, and then fill in the line with "Watchman device" (or whatever topic you want).  Lots of comments will come up -- some them may be of use to you.  At least you should come up with a lot of questions to ask you doctor at your next visit!  Keep us posted on how things are going.

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, April 10,  2021  11:12am EST

    I'm so sorry you're excperiencing all these issues. While ablation and WATCHMAN are usually separate procedures, your doctor must feel that it is urgent to do them together and I'm not personally aware of any constraints that prevent doing so.

    I did a quick Google search of "watchman during ablation" and found several medical journal articles indicating that it appeared safe and effective. Below is one from the Journal of the American Heart Association, and there were others.



  • Minshep
    Minshep, April 11,  2021  12:28am EST

    Thank you all for your help and kind thoughts. I've already learned so much in my short time here. 

    The Cardio/EP wants to do them both together to limit the amount of times I'm under general anesthesia.  My condition makes it a bit more risky than the average person.  I'm starting to feel a little better about it, but it's still difficult.  Hopefully, once more of my questions are answered, I'll feel even better.  Thanks for the help!

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