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Heart Arrhythmia Care - Paul's Story

Paul Rice, Phippsburg, tunes piano. He also has atrial fibrillation, or AFib, which means his heart is out of tune. Paul was on blood thinners for years. One Thanksgiving, he passed out and was rushed to Maine Medical Center. He was bleeding from his esophagus.

AFib is the number one cause of strokes in the United States. People with AFib often face the lifelong use of blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke. The treatment option with the WATCHMAN device is a one-time procedure, and is what Paul needed. Samip Vasaiwala, MD, Maine Medical Center, says the WATCHMAN device is for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem who need an alternative to warfarin. The device effectively reduces the risk of stroke—without the risk of bleeding.

Paul said he was happy with his care at Maine Medical Center, and he appreciated the coordinated care closer to his home. He was able to receive follow up care at Mid Coast Hospital, an affiliate of MaineHealth.

Now healthy, and with plans to travel, Paul found the key to living retired life on his terms – time for pianos and grandchildren.

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WATCHMAN is for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem who need an alternative to warfarin. Talk with your doctor to understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the WATCHMAN Device. Image provided courtesy of Boston Scientific. © 2018 Boston Scientific Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. For more information, visit