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Dr. J. Brian DeVille, MDAugust 8, 2017 — Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano performed their 50th WATCHMAN™​​procedure on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Earlier this year, Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano​ was among the first hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth to offer the WATCHMAN procedure as an alternative to long-term warfarin medication. This achievement represents significant growth of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Program.

"We have successfully created a true multidisciplinary team of electrophysiologists and cardiologists on the medical staff, along with nurses and support staff, all of whom are active participants in the management of our patients," says J. Brian DeVille, MD, East Medical Director for Electrophysiology - BSWH. "Rather than just rush to do as many procedures as possible, we have chosen to deliberately develop a comprehensive program to address the needs of our patients who will benefit from this technique." In addition to the commercially available WATCHMAN device, The Heart Hospital also offers left atrial appendage ligation using percutaneous and surgical approaches.

"Our team is pleased that we have met our first year program goals," said Dr. DeVille. "We look forward to also achieving our future goals, including education and research in this rapidly advancing field."

To learn more about left appendage management or the WATCHMAN procedure, call 469.814.3480.