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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Christ Hospital First in Cincinnati to Use New Device Designed to Prevent Stroke in Patients with Common Heart Rhythm Disorder

Physicians at The Christ Hospital are the first in Greater Cincinnati to implant the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure device as part of a clinical trial through the Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education (Lindner Research Center). The trial is studying the capabilities of the WATCHMAN device to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who require blood-thinning medications to reduce their risk of stroke. This is a confirmatory study on a prior pivotal study that was completed in June 2008. This study will provide additional information on the safety and efficacy of the device for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review. Madhukar Gupta, MD, an electrophysiologist with The Christ Hospital, performed the procedure on a 79-year-old woman from Milford, Ohio. The patient is doing well. Both Dr. Gupta and the patient are available for interviews.

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