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Sharp Health News

A life free from blood thinners (video)

Nov. 13, 2015

Nick, an avid surfer, relied on blood thinner medication to keep him healthy and in the water instead of in the hospital with a stroke caused by his atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat due to defects or damage to the heart's structure.

Then, Nick met Dr. Maurice Buchbinder, an interventional cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, who introduced him to a new option that could free him from a lifetime of medication - the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device.

For the news media: To talk with Dr. Buchbinder about the WATCHMAN™ device for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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