Rose Medical Center among First Hospitals in Colorado Offering Alternative to Long-Term Warfarin Medication with Newly Approved WATCHMAN™ LAAC Implant

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rose Medical Center is among the first hospitals in Colorado to offer
patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (Afib) an alternative to
long-term warfarin medication with the newly approved WATCHMAN Left
Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant, developed by Boston Scientific.

People with Afib have a five times greater risk of stroke.1
Afib can cause blood to pool and form clots in the left atrial appendage
(LAA). For patients with non-valvular Afib, the LAA is believed to be
the source of most stroke-causing blood clots.2 The WATCHMAN
Implant closes off the LAA to keep blood clots from entering the blood
stream. By closing off the LAA, stroke risk may be reduced and—over
time—patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

Rose Medical Center’s first WATCHMAN Implant procedure was performed by
Christopher Stees, D.O., of the Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute
(RMHRI) at Rose. Dr. Stees was joined by RMHRI colleagues Bridget Beck,
M.D. and Michael Wahl, M.D. for the procedure.

“The new WATCHMAN LAAC Implant provides physicians with a breakthrough
stroke risk reduction option for patients with non-valvular Afib,” said
Dr. Stees. “For patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are
seeking an alternative to warfarin, the WATCHMAN Implant offers a
potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment option which could free
them from the challenges of long-term warfarin therapy.”

Implanting the WATCHMAN Device is a one-time procedure that usually
lasts about an hour. Following the procedure, patients typically need to
stay in the hospital for 24 hours.

About The Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute at Rose Medical Center

The Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute at Rose Medical Center was
founded to offer the very best in comprehensive treatment for patients
with abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation. RMHRI’s expert
team consists of a dedicated cardiologist, experienced
electrophysiologists and renowned cardiovascular surgeons providing the
highest quality of care. Through groundbreaking procedures and
cutting-edge technology, RMHRI at Rose has earned a place at the
forefront of advanced care for treatment of Afib and other irregular
heart rhythms.

About Rose Medical Center

Well known as a Denver institution and a 9th Avenue landmark for nearly
70 years, Rose Medical Center has earned its reputation as Denver’s
“Baby Hospital” while becoming a leader in comprehensive women’s care,
orthopedics and total joint replacement, heart and vascular care,
weight-loss treatment, cancer care, surgical services, internal medicine
and emergency care. With origins in Jewish teachings, traditions and
community, Rose’s founders built this hospital to “serve the need of
every creed.” By offering a high level of expertise and service across
all disciplines, Rose has truly become a destination hospital,
attracting patients from throughout Colorado and around the world. Learn
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About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of
medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical
specialties. For more information, please visit:

1.   Holmes DR, Seminars in Neurology 2010; 30:528–536
2. Blackshear J. and Odell J., Annals of Thoracic Surgery.


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Dan Mager, 303-320-2817