Beebe program first to use new technology to reduce stroke risk

February 18, 2024

Beebe Healthcare’s cardiovascular team was the first in Delaware or Maryland to utilize the WATCHMAN FLX Pro implant Feb. 7.

The WATCHMAN FLX Pro is a left atrial appendage closure device used to treat patients who have been diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Also known as AFib, this heart rhythm disorder increases risk for stroke and requires that many patients rely on anticoagulation medications long-term.

“Beebe is excited to offer the enhanced WATCHMAN FLX Pro left atrial appendage closure device, which features Hemocoat technology to help decrease clot formation, decrease inflammation and promote faster healing after the implant,” said Mouhanad Freih, MD, structural heart medical director at Beebe Healthcare. “This device also offers enhanced imaging and additional sizing options to meet the needs of more patients.”

The WATCHMAN FLX Pro is the latest addition to Beebe’s technologically advanced implants to provide the best care for people in Sussex County.

"The cardiovascular services team at Beebe Healthcare is committed to offering state-of-the-art services and cutting-edge technology to our community in an effort to make sure the best cardiac care is available in Sussex County,” said Ehtasham Qureshi, MD, chief of cardiology at Beebe. “We were pleased to be the first site in Maryland and Delaware to offer this new technology. Our cardiologists and heart team are here to ensure the best possible care is available for our patients.”

Beebe introduced use of the WATCHMAN device in 2018 and recently celebrated its 200th left atrial appendage closure procedure. A patient also received the Amulet device implantation in December 2023, which means Beebe’s structural heart team can more effectively treat patients with left atrial openings that vary in depth and size.

“Heart care is an emphasis of the core services we offer at Beebe,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, Beebe Healthcare president and CEO. “It can be lifesaving or life improving, and the WATCHMAN does both by lessening the risk of stroke and reducing the need for blood thinner medications. We are wholly invested in bringing in these types of innovations and talented clinicians to your local, nonprofit health system. This is how Beebe Healthcare provides the best care for the people who live, work and visit in Sussex County.”

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