October 27, 2015 | Tenet Healthcare Florida Region | Dr. Brij Maini, Delray Medical Center

Delray Medical Center Among a Select Group in Palm Beach County to Offer Implant Alternative to Reduce Risk of Stroke in Afib Patients

Delray Beach, Fla. (October 27, 2015) – With the new WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant now offered at Delray Medical Center, patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (Afib) have an alternative option to reduce their risk of suffering an Afib-related stroke.

Afib patients have a five times greater risk of stroke and typically have to take long-term warfarin medication, a blood-thinning drug with potentially serious side effects. For those who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative, the WATCHMAN LAAC Implant works by closing off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA). By doing so, harmful blood clots that may form due to Afib are kept from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. Over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

“WATCHMAN is just one of several cutting-edge procedures we have started performing in recent years to provide the best possible care for our cardiovascular patients,” said Mark Bryan, hospital CEO. “The combination of our advanced tools and technology and the outstanding judgment and ability of our cardiac team is what helps us achieve positive outcomes.”

Dr. Brijeshwar Maini, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of transcatheter therapies for Tenet Healthcare’s Florida region, recently performed the first WATCHMAN procedure at Delray Medical Center.

“We are proud to be one of the first hospitals in the area to provide Afib patients with a potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment option,” Dr. Maini said. “This device could free patients from the challenges that may come along with 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. For more information about the cardiac services offered at Delray Medical Center, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com/our-services/heart-vascular.

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About Delray Medical Center

For more than 30 years, Delray Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare’s Florida region, and a 493-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and state-designated Level I Trauma Center located on a 42-acre medical plaza, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including cardiac care, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more.

For the past eight years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades®, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence for 12 years in a row and is one of just 13 hospitals in South Florida, and just one of five in Palm Beach County that received recognition for its clinical performance. Delray Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient outcomes according to a study by Healthgrades®. The hospital has been acknowledged as a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, hip and knee replacement and cardiac care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Delray Medical Center is a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. In addition, the hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Delray Medical Center was also named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals with great heart programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital at Delray Medical Center is designated by the State of Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center for Adults and has received 3-year accreditation status as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program from CARF International.

Furthermore, Delray Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for the third year in a row and earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group. Delray Medical Center is actively involved in community outreach, sponsoring several events, community lectures and fundraisers. The hospital is also a smoke-free campus. For more information or for a free physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit the website at www.delraymedicalctr.com.

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